Chicken with Spinach and Cheese Pasta

I tried a new recipe the other evening. It’s Spinach Cheese Pasta from allrecipes.com.  It sounded good and has some basic ingredients:

1 pkg. egg noodles (yum!)

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/3 C olive oil

spinach (recipe has 1 1/2 frozen box, but I’m using fresh…3ish handsful)

8 oz. container cottage cheese

3 oz. pkg. Parmesan cheese.

Basically, you cook the pasta.  Prepare the garlic, EVOO, and spinach in a skillet.  Combine with drained pasta.  Toss with cottage cheese.  Top with Parmesan. It should be ready in less than 30 minutes.  Woo!

web_ingredients spinach pasta

Based on some reviews and personal preference, I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese, fresh spinach rather than frozen, and had some pan-sauteed chicken with it.  I think some chopped onion would be yummy, too, but we didn’t have any in the kitchen since none looked good at the store.

web_plate spinach pasta

Ta da!

The verdict:  It has promise with some tweaking.  It definitely needs to be a side dish and not a main entree, so I’m glad I made chicken with it.  The amount of garlic was good, but the flavor was still on the bland side.  Some sauteed yellow bell pepper slices and/or minced onion, and a bit of salt would probably round out the flavors for a happy palate next time.

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