Date Night Pasta: Creamy Tomato & Spinach Penne

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Date Night Pasta: Creamy Tomato & Spinach Penne

Date Night Pasta: Creamy Tomato & Spinach Penne. Valentine’s day is around the corner! If you are anything like my husband and I, then you would rather stay home than go out on a crowded night. We like to stay in and have a nice meal in the comfort of our own home, in sweatpants- of course. Pasta comes to mind when I think about a nice meal. This is such a perfect date night in dish, because it’s quick, easy, and simple yet seems fancy. Have a glass of Cab with it and you have got yourself a perfect date night in!

Date Night Pasta: Creamy Tomato & Spinach Penne

This pasta is simple but packed with flavor from the tomatoes, garlic, and pesto. It’s so, so creamy but doesn’t feel so heavy when eating. I made it a little spicy, but you can of course cut back on the spice according to your taste. Also if you have left overs, then reheat it in a pan and add milk so it is not so dry. Hope you all will enjoy your date night in with this pasta! Don’t forget to tag me @zheelicious if you make this. 🙂

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Date Night Pasta: Creamy Tomato & Spinach Penne

Stay happy, stay hungry!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box pasta of choice, (I used penne) 
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp thai chilies, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste 
  • 2 tbsp pesto (optional)
  • 2 cups milk, warm 
  • ½ cup half n half (can use milk instead)
  • 2 cups baby spinach 
  • 2 tbsp red crushed pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • ½ cup pasta water (the water your pasta cooked in)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Handful of Cheese (optional)

Date Night Pasta: Creamy Tomato & Spinach Penne

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the packaged direction. 
  2. In a pan heat some oil, add garlic slices and saute for about a minute. Add thai chilies, tomato paste and cook for another minute. 
  3. Add tomatoes cook until they are softened, about 5 minutes. Add all the spices, then slowly add the milk and half and half. Keep mixing the sauce, it should get a bit thicker. 
  4. Add in the cooked pasta along with the pasta water. 
  5. Add in the spinach, mix everything really well. Add cheese if using. Turn off the stove. 
  6. Enjoy hot!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 people

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Zheel Patel

Zheel Patel, full time mom and full time foodie. My love for food probably started when I was still in the womb. I love sharing fusion dishes inspired by my culture as well as traditional dishes. Cooking for me is almost as therapeutic as eating… ALMOST ;). Stay happy, stay hungry.

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