REAL Food, REAL Fast: Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

More veggies you say? Well I like to bring what you ask for… so this pasta is packed with veggies but even the picky eaters will enjoy this one. If you have kids {or husbands} who turn their noses up at real food just relabel this one as “homemade spaghetti o’s!” Seriously, this pasta has that luscious, creaminess that we all love but with all the nutrients our bodies need.  Oh yeah, and its vegetarian – and totally budget friendly.

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta From WholesomeMommy.com

This pasta is easy to adapt – if you like it chunky, use diced tomatoes.  If you like it thin, use tomato sauce.  If you like a lot of spinach – add  a lot of spinach, if you like a little, add a little. You get the point. You can not hurt this sauce. Make it your own. Taste it as you go – that’s the fun part. If you think it needs more cheese, add more cheese, if you think you’d like it a little more creamy add more half and half.  Have fun!   And, if you have older kids, this is a great dish to get them involved in – they could even learn to prepare this simple dish by themselves while mom takes the night off. :)

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta - From WholesomeMommy.com

 

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Comments

  1. This looks really good. I’ve printed off both month 1 & 2 of the food stamp menus and I am anxious to try them. I am a bit nervous to jump all the way in and do a whole month because we are trying to move towards a whole foods diet but it’s been a slow process. It has seemed impossible until you did this food stamp challenge with a $400 budget. I am hoping with these menus that I am able to stay within the budget and get us eating healthier. My family is very picky so I hope they don’t complain too much:)

    • Denisesawyer says:

      So glad to have you join us Amy! I would love to hear back from you when you start trying some of the meals with your family – what they liked and didn’t like. So far the feedback has been good and even the picky eaters have been pretty happy. :)
      Denise
      Wholesome Mommy

  2. denise – i make a very similar recipe to this already. my kids LOVE it and it is SO easy! i add chopped red bell peppers.
    one other tip i have, and i haven’t ever been able to find that there is anything wrong with this, is when i buy spinach, i buy the bulk bag if its the best deal. we eat fresh spinach in everything for a few days (i sneak it into pasta, soup, chili, etc). then when its approaching the end of its freshness (but its still good!), i cut the stems, rinse, dry, etc, all of the remaining spinach leaves (like i would before serving them in fresh meals) but i put the leaves in sandwhich sized ziploc bags in 1-meal portions, and freeze it. then when i want to add spinach to a hot meal, i take the frozen leaves, crumble them up inside the ziploc while still frozen, then pour into the pot! i also do the same with my fresh herbs (expecially basil) so always have enough to cook with in my freezer if i don’t have enough fresh growing in the window sill!
    thanks for doing this and for showing us all that eating real food can be affordable!

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