I was trolling around for a new pasta recipe the other day and came across this wonderful one from RachelCooks.com. It caught my eye for lots of reasons - reasons like pasta, spinach, and a cheesy, lemony, creamy sauce. And even better it's a way for me to use some of the zest from the lemons still on my patio lemon plant (which is becoming more of a tree!).
Here's this week's great Recipe of the Week: Chicken and Spinach Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce.
As Rachel mentions in her post about this recipe, one of the best things about it is that it's not only a relatively simple recipe, but it also a flexible and forgiving one. You don't have to slave over it every second. Just keep the sauce on low heat and add a little milk if it starts to get a little dry. Then when you are ready just serve it over or mixed with your warm pasta. This is a great recipe for entertaining or for pleasing a big family (like mine).
Let's face it. Sometimes creamy sauces that we might pair with a pasta dish just ends up being kind of bland and rich (at least in my opinion). Lots of fat and calories without a ton of flavor. A so-so tradeoff if you ask me. I really like how Rachel introduces the cooking wine and lemon zest into this recipe which adds some depth of flavor to the dish. Problem solved. Boring solved. And did I mention there's THREE cheeses coming at you too? Nice!
Time-wise this recipe will take about 30 minutes or so. The pasta cooks for about 10 minutes. And during that time you can be prepping the other ingredients (none of which are too difficult). The sauce cooks for 15-20 minutes before you merge it with the pasta. By the way, Rachel uses whole wheat penne rigate pasta (a great choice), but I'd be hard-pressed to find a pasta (or anything else for that matter) that this lemon cream sauce doesn't go with.
Before I break away I thought I'd give you a quick bit about RachelCooks.com - one of my favorite lifestyle sites. (I put it in that category because she also touches on family life, fashion, etc.) She even does a little blogger coaching (which I could probably use...as you can tell). Rachel has a great "voice" in her blog. She's fun and open and easy to read and like. You'll enjoy reading her. And as for her recipes? She puts it well when she says her "site features a wide variety of recipes with one common thread: easy preparations." You should pay her a visit. :)
OK guys. That's it for today. Enjoy your (for some) three-day weekend. Squeeze this recipe in there or on a weeknight when you are looking for something to keep lots of people lots of happy! :)