Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Sun dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

This is one of those busy weekday recipes that I again came up with on the fly. I had first decided we didn’t have a thing to make, but I so did not want to make a grocery run, I looked really hard in the pantry and fridge and came up with this. I love noodle side dishes, but we never buy the pre-packaged kind because they have such high amounts of sodium. This turned out light, but filling, and very tasty. I always have frozen spinach on hand, it is a great value. Adding the sun-dried tomato was a perfect addition to this dish. This dish is sort of like a spinach calzone pasta. You could also make the cheese sauce with milk instead of chicken stock, but I was trying to save a few calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 16oz. bag of noodles, (I tried and loved handmade Amish noodles in the medium size)
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (I used one with provolone, parmesan, romano, asiago, mozzarella, and fontina)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste

Method

  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions, cooking them to al-dente. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour and kosher salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes, whisking continually.
  2. Stir in the chicken stock , and bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.  Let the sauce thicken.
  3. Then add the cheese, and whisk in and melt.  Add the noodles, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes.  Let this heat through, then turn off the heat and stir in the ricotta cheese.  Serve and enjoy!
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24 Responses to “Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta”

  1. 1
    Jessie — August 27, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    yum! I love a quick pasta dinner!
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    Jen @ MaplenCornbread — August 27, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    Great pasta dish!!! I love how simple and quick it comes together with such lovely flavour combinations! quick pasta dishes like this are some of my go-to’s as well on busy weeknights. Will try this :)
    .-= Jen @ MaplenCornbread´s last blog, 2009 Jam Exchange =-.

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    ruth — August 27, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    What a killer! I shouldnt be looking at this after my dinner! I could eat it all right now! Sounds delicious! I do love Spinach!
    .-= ruth´s last blog, Award and Trying to Catch Up =-.

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    Kristen — August 27, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    I love sun dried tomatoes and spinach together. This looks like a very comforting meal without all of the calories. Thanks :)
    .-= Kristen´s last blog, Poached Fish with Pistou & Pommes Anna =-.

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    Nicole — August 27, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

    I love all of the ingredients, so I will have to try! Thanks!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Become a (DARK) Chocoholic! =-.

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    redkathy — August 27, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

    oh my this pasta really looks wonderful. the chicken broth is such a great idea too. I’d bet using milk in the sauce would make it a whole different dish.
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    Divina — August 27, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

    That look so delicious. But I don’t think I can eat that for my breakfast right now. :) I’m sure my 5-year old nephew would eat this pasta even with the spinach in it.
    .-= Divina´s last blog, Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup =-.

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    sizzlechef — August 27, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

    Looks delicious though Preferred fresh stuff. Thank you for sharing. Cheers !
    .-= sizzlechef´s last blog, Veg Mix Curry Noodles =-.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 27, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    The pasta has that gooey cheesy look that I love all the time.

    Angie’s Recipes
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    Mathilde's Cuisine — August 28, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    A very good combination of flavour, I love it
    .-= Mathilde’s Cuisine´s last blog, French Cuisine =-.

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    averagebetty — August 28, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

    Mmm… great for a weeknight! That’s a plate of cheesy comfort right there! Love it :)
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  12. 12
    Tina Marie — August 28, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

    Great combos…sun dried tomatoes and spinach!
    .-= Tina Marie´s last blog, Girlichef’s Chocolate Banana loaf with Kahlua! =-.

  13. 13
    The Duo Dishes — August 28, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    Love a sundried tomato! Love it love it.
    .-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog, A Beautiful Disaster =-.

  14. 14
    Paula - bell'alimento — August 28, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

    Great flavor combinations. Nothing better than a quick & easy pasta dish :)
    .-= Paula – bell’alimento´s last blog, Zucchine Farcite {Stuffed Zucchini} =-.

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    Velva — August 28, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

    This dish looks like a fabulous weeknight dish. The sun dried tomato really kicks it up a notch. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Velva´s last blog, Margarita Mayhem =-.

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    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — August 28, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    The pasta looks delightful with sun-dried tomato, spinach, and cheese! It’s a perfect dish to make on a busy day!
    .-= Natasha – 5 Star Foodie´s last blog, Hatch Chile Gazpacho =-.

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    Barbara — August 29, 2009 @ 7:52 am

    I love simple and delicious, quick meals like this! Thanks.
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    Katrina (gluten free gidget) — August 29, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    That looks delicious! I wish I could eat dairy… Boo!
    .-= Katrina (gluten free gidget)´s last blog, KEFIR! Gesundheit… =-.

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    Kelly at Crock Tease — August 29, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

    I love dishes that are light, but still feel like cheating.

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    leslie — August 30, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    Sooo good..I love these easy weeknight dishes that the whole family loves
    .-= leslie´s last blog, Strawberry-Yogurt Swirl Popsicles =-.

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    lynn@queenofthecastlerecipes — August 30, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    Mmmmm, mmmmm, love those sundried tomatoes in pasta! We have a decent sized garden this year and have been swimming in tomatoes. I’ve been experimenting with drying them all kinds of ways. They are just so flavorful! Thanks for sharing this.

  22. 22
    Sook — September 6, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

    I love pasta. I love sun dried tomatoes. I’m always looking for great pasta recipes and this one looks like a good one! I’ll try it soon! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Sook´s last blog, The Best Teriyaki Sauce =-.

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    Nicole — September 7, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    There is something about this recipe. The combination is so warm and comforting. It’s like home. Love it!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Shopping Savings =-.

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    Veronique — October 4, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I tried this last night and it’s very good. I cut the butter in half in the sauce and next time I will double the sun dried tomatoes. As I did not have any Ricotta cheese, I made vegan ricotta, of course it didn’t melt as the base was tofu, but it was still delicious. I will make this again for sure! Delicious!

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