Pasta with Light Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach

Spinach has been in abundance at my local farmer’s market lately.  I decided to forgo my normal dose of kale this week and switch it up with something a little more tender.  After loading up with a huge bag of spinach, I got to work thinking of how I wanted to turn Popeye’s delight into a dreamy delight of my own.  I settled on a pasta combo. for an extra turbo-charging meal.  Adding an extra touch of cream to the inherently buttery spinach, along with a hit of spice with some green chile roasted tomatoes, the meal fired up my taste buds in all the right ways.  However, I think next time I’d add in a few fresh mozzarella balls to compliment the spiciness of the green chile flavor.  Either way, I think Popeye would approve.

Pasta with Light Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach

(Serves 6-8)

-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-6-8 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 heaping Tbsp.)
-4 heaping cups spinach, roughly chopped
-1/2 cup cilantro, packed
-2- 15 oz. cans diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles (or 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes + one chili pepper)
-1/2 cup light cream
-Salt, to taste
-1 pound whole wheat farfalle
-Parmesan, grated (optional)

Cook pasta according to directions.

Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high in large saute pan.  Saute garlic 3 minutes, or until brown.  Add tomatoes to pan and salt, to taste, simmering 3 minutes.  Add in spinach, and saute 3-5 minutes, until leaves begin to wilt.  Stir in cilantro and cream.  Simmer until half of cream is evaporated.  Serve sauce over cooked pasta.  Top with parmesan, if desired.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    November 19, 2010 at 6:08 am

    This looks fantastic. I love spinach with my pasta, though I never add cream. I think my husband would do backflips from joy if I did. Yum!

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    Simply Life
    November 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

    oh what a great pasta dish!

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    November 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I love creamy tomato sauces. And yours is so colorful, and I love all the flavors.

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    The Candid RD
    November 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been buying tons of spinach lately, and kale too. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I hate that I can’t eat garlic because I know it probably makes this dish delicious (and most dishes….). I need a garlic replacement!

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    November 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Looks great. Sounds like you made a lovely flavor combination.

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    November 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    This look quite fantastic! Love the tomato and spinach combo!

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    Baking Serendipity
    November 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I love adding spinach to pasta…this looks like a delicious and comforting meal 🙂

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