Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Meatless Dish - Spinach Artichoke Pasta

I tell you what, coming up with meatless meals is a true challenge for me. But, once again, we pulled it off. We being me and Pinterest. Thank you, dear Pinterest!

Last night's dinner of choice: Spinach Artichoke Pasta. This is a Pioneer Woman dish. I've had some friends talking about how good Pioneer Woman dishes are, and this is no exception. She mentions the fact that this is like a spinach and artichoke dip, but with pasta instead of chips...and she's pretty accurate on that account, I'd say.

Cook and prep time totaled probably close to 40 minutes, and that's with being constantly in the kitchen. This is not a set it and forget it kind of meal. But, that's ok. It was worth it. 

I think next time I will try putting some sun dried tomatoes in it. I only used one bag of spinach instead of two because I'm not a huge fan of cooked spinach and I think I made the right choice. I certainly wouldn't double that amount, seeing as how both my husband and son did what they could to eat around it. Silly guys. The recipe also calls for two cans of artichoke. I think I would've been good with one can. Two made the dish a little artichoke-heavy. Just the same, it was very tasty.

My husband noted something that had me very excited about this dish last night: the sauce tasted like something similar that we both really enjoy at a restaurant at Disneyland! I hadn't thought about it until then, but he was right! Add some chicken and some sun dried tomatoes and turn on some Disney tunes and you are practically enjoying the sunshine and visiting the main mouse himself! 

Ok, so this dish was good, but thinking about making a DISNEY DISH in my own home made this meal even better than I expected and was an added bonus for me. Have I mentioned that I am a Disney nerd yet? Yeah...if it's Disney, I pretty much love it. 

Back to the main point - if you are full-fledged vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore wanting a break from the meat for a night, I'd recommend this yummy dish. Especially if you are a spinach and artichoke loving gal or guy. We will definitely be trying this one again, with a few alterations in the mix. 

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