Pasta is one dish I never get sick of. Of course I have some favorites, but I also love to experiment and create new recipes.
Some days I’m in the kitchen cooking for hours. I really love to cook…I just don’t love the clean up part.
I’m hoping one day there will be a robot that can do dishes. I don’t think I’m asking for too much.
For now I will just appreciate the fact that I have a dishwasher!
This creamy pasta with spinach is the perfect meal when you don’t have a lot of time. It’s also not a huge mess maker. Those two things are music to my ears!
I start the recipe by putting a pot of water over high heat to cook the pasta. While that’s coming to a boil I start the sauce.
The sauce is really easy and lower in points than buying a jar of sauce. I added tomato sauce and chicken broth to a pan, then I added all of the seasonings.
I let that get heated up and start to simmer. That’s when my water started boiling so I added my noodles to the water.
I used Kroger brand rigatoni noodles. For 3/4 cup dry pasta it is 6 Freestyle points.
To the sauce I added the reduced-fat cream cheese. I cut it into small pieces before I added it so that it would melt quicker.
After about 5-7 minutes the cream cheese was melted and blended in so I added the Parmesan cheese, then the spinach. I let it cook 5 more minutes so the spinach was cooked all the way.
Once the noodles were drained I added them to the sauce. That’s it!
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Yield: 8 Servings (1 cup per serving – 7 points per serving for blue, green and purple)
- 16 oz. Rigatoni pasta
- 30 oz. tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the box.
In a medium sauce pan add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, dried minced onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and let cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cut the cream cheese into small pieces and add to the sauce. Stir occasionally until the cream cheese is melted.
Add the Parmesan cheese and spinach. Cook 5 more minutes.
Add the pasta to the sauce and stir together.