Creamy Spinach Penne


I was hungry for pasta and had spinach in the freezer so here is one that I thought was pretty good!

Creamy Spinach Penne

 

3/4 lb. fresh spinach leaves, stemmed or 1 carton of frozen
4 cups  penne pasta, uncooked
1 clove garlic
1 cup  Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup  fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. dried basil leaves, crushed
1/2 tsp.  salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 jar  (12 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained, chopped
and if you have some fresh tomatoes, add some of those chopped in the end

ADD spinach to large pot of boiling water; cook 1 min. Remove spinach with slotted spoon, reserving water in pot for cooking pasta. Rinse spinach with cold water; drain well. Chop spinach; set aside.

RETURN water to boil. Add pasta; cook 10 min. or just until tender. Meanwhile, blend garlic in blender until minced. Add spinach, cottage cheese and milk to blender; blend until smooth. Blend in Parmesan and seasonings.

DRAIN pasta; place in large bowl. Add spinach mixture and red peppers; mix lightly.

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