So this was a creation inspired by that wonderful Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip you see at restaurants sometimes. It is sinfully fattening and loaded with cream and mayo and cheese. In the pasta adaptation I dropped the mayo but I was still quite happy with the results of the pasta version, next time I would add some red pepper flakes I think. Also I think it was even better the next day after being re-heated in the microwave at lunch – or maybe it just tasted more like the original.
[print_this]Hot Artichoke and Spinach Pasta Recipe
225g frozen spinach
1 can artichokes, drained and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1C whipping cream
3T Parmesan, freshly grated
2T Romano, freshly grated
salt and pepper
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Stir in artichokes and a healthy grinding of pepper. Sauté for 3-5 minutes stirring regularly.
Meanwhile put the spinach in a loosely covered container in the microwave. Nuke for 3-4 minutes until no longer frozen through. Drain excess water and roughly chop spinach.
Add cream to artichokes and turn heat to medium. Stir in spinach and a teaspoon of salt. Simmer for 3 minutes and then add cheese reserving a minor amount for garnish.
Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve immediately tossed with pasta and garnished with remaining cheese.[/print_this]