Creamy Leek & Spinach Pasta

Pasta night may just be a new addition to the weekly menu. Between carbonara and zucchini linguine with herbs, I’m really not sure why pasta doesn’t make a more frequent appearance. It is delicious, easy, economical and the possibilities are endless. Although the deliciousness and total disregard for portion control may be part of the problem…

Inspired by this Food & Wine Recipe, leeks are always welcome and appreciated in my kitchen.

Creamy Leek & Spinach Pasta - serves 2 with leftovers

  • 6 oz pasta whole wheat pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp garlic & herb mascarpone cheese (or plain)
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • parmesan cheese, pepper and red pepper

Prepare pasta as directed. Heat olive oil in large pan and add leeks and garlic when hot. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until soft. Add cooked pasta to pan and toss with mascarpone and spinach. Finish with freshly grated parmesan and red & black pepper.

Comments

  1. says

    Yum! I love leeks – in anything, on anything, with anything. But rarely do they get to be the star, so this is great! I’m thinking this might be yummy sprinkled with a teeny tiny bit of gorgonzola instead of parmesean at the end for extra oomph. Leeks and blue cheese are, in my opinion, made for eachother.

  2. says

    Yum! I love leeks – in anything, on anything, with anything. But rarely do they get to be the star, so this is great! I’m thinking this might be yummy sprinkled with a teeny tiny bit of gorgonzola instead of parmesean at the end for extra oomph. Leeks and blue cheese are, in my opinion, made for eachother.

  3. says

    lol– I have trouble with portion control when it comes to pasta as well :-) Glad to see that even nutritionists struggle with that at times.

    Yours looks delicious!!!

  4. says

    lol– I have trouble with portion control when it comes to pasta as well :-) Glad to see that even nutritionists struggle with that at times.

    Yours looks delicious!!!

  5. Jamie Utzinger says

    Your pasta looks delicious! Although I have never tried leeks before… I might just have to give it a go!

  6. Jamie Utzinger says

    Your pasta looks delicious! Although I have never tried leeks before… I might just have to give it a go!

  7. says

    Wow, this looks and sounds delicious! The only reason I can control myself when eating pasta is because I like to have leftovers for the next day, otherwise, it would be all gone!

  8. says

    Wow, this looks and sounds delicious! The only reason I can control myself when eating pasta is because I like to have leftovers for the next day, otherwise, it would be all gone!

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