Friday, August 6, 2010

Spinach & Mushroom Pasta

Here's another addition to the quick meals section.  Pasta always seems to be something that people gravitate towards when making meals for the family.  It makes since.  Pasta is cheap and easy to find.

This is a little bit of a different spin on the normal everyday pasta.  I love spinach and mushrooms and I try to put veggies in as much of my meals as possible.  This is a 2 pot meal, which also helps during the week.

Creamy Spinach & Mushroom Pasta:

(Family Favorites- Vegetables)

10 ½ oz penne pasta
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
9 oz of mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 ¼ cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 tablespoon cream cheese
1 cup frozen spinach

Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserve ¾ cup of the cooking liquid.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, for 8 minutes or until almost crisp. Stir in the oregano, stock, and lemon juice and cook 10-12 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced by half.

Stir in the cream cheese and spinach. Cook over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes. Add the reserved cooking liquid, then the cooked pasta. Stir well, season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat through before serving.

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