Red Pepper and Cream Spinach Rotini

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Red Pepper and Cream Spinach Rotini

Recipe and Photo Courtesy: Priya (my friend)

Another fantastic pasta recipe from Priya! I think it is really different... Spinach, creme cheese and bell peppers.. a rare combo!


Rotini Pasta- 200g
Olive oil -3 Tbsp
Butter- 1 tsp
Frozen Spinach -3 small cubes (thawed)
Garlic -3 cloves (minced)
Onions-1 average sized (fine chopped)
Red pepper-1(sliced after removing the seeds)
Cream cheese (full fat 24g)
Basil pesto-1 tsp
Zest from half a lemon
Juice from half a lemon
1 tsp – Italian seasoning (a dry blend of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil)
Black pepper – 1 tsp
Salt- to taste

Method of Preparation

-In a big pot, being water to boil. Add salt and cook pasta according to instructions on the box.
-Once cooked, strain in a colander and run under cold water to remove any excess starch.
-Add olive oil in a big pan. Once the oil is hot, add butter and garlic. Saute till the garlic infuses its flavor in the oil.
-Before the garlic starts browning, add onions and red peppers. Add a little salt and sauté till onions are soft and red peppers are crunchy.
-Add spinach and cream cheese, Blend together.
-Add pesto, Italian seasoning and black pepper.
-Now add the cooked pasta and toss together with the zest of half a lemon. Check for salt.
-Cook for 2-3 min.
-Move away from flame and add lemon juice.
-Garnish with fresh thyme and serve hot!

[Basil Pesto is found in most grocery stores along with Pasta sauces. However, here is the recipe if you don’t have access to one!-Blend together in a food processor a handful of fresh basil, handful of fresh parsely,2 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves,3 garlic cloves, salt ,2 tbsp of white vinegar and 2tbsp of Extra virgin olive oil.It can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 2 days. ]


Ramya Vijaykumar said...

spinach and Rotini wow thats very healthy and should taste very great

Priya Sriram said...

Wow, that looks colorful Preethi! Love the diff varieties of dishes from your kitchen! :)

Priyameena said...

Pasta and spinach both r my favorites..It looks colorful and yummy!!

Vibaas said...

Wow! That looks delicious! :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks to eat this

Subhie Arun said...

grt ..healthy n nutritious dish...looks colorful n yummyyyyyyyyy

kittymatti said...

thank u all!

Chitra said...


Ann said...

Wow.. Yummy , very tempting and looks promising to be super delicious.

ARUNA said...

this is looking colorful Preethi!

Malar Gandhi said...

All the items mentioned in the ingredients list sounds super kool to me, must have been great feasting there!!!

kittymatti said...

haha... thnx malar n aruna!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! i love pasta ...made of anything ...hey looks soo onviting ,..1st time here ..nice blog u have will surely come and see all ur older posts

kittymatti said...

so sweet of u mangala, thank u sooo much!

Sophie said...

This looks delicious! It reminds me of pasta salad but creamier-yum!

Priya said...

Thanks Sophie!

Priya said...

hi Preethi,
I love this colorful dish. May I suggest a variation? You can use Ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese. Thanks!

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