This simple pasta with spinach is fast, easy and delicious. It's ready in less than 15 minutes and makes a weeknight meal the whole family will love: creamy, packed with spinach, and convenient. Recipe yields 4 medium-sized servings.
1oz(30 grams)freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more to serve
¼tspground nutmeg, or ⅓ of freshly grated nutmeg, or according to taste
black pepper, to taste
Cook your pasta until al dente following the package directions. Before draining, reserve at least 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add garlic and cook for about 1 or 2 minutes until fragrant (make sure you don't burn it).
Add part of the spinach and season with salt. Stir until wilted adding handful of spinach at a time.
When the spinach are wilted but still bright green, stir in cream cheese and 1/3 cup of pasta cooking water (don't add all the reserved water straight away, but save the rest in case you need to loosen the sauce when you add pasta to the skillet).
Then add grated parmesan cheese and nutmet to the sauce and give a good stir. The sauce will be ready in a couple of minutes.
Drain pasta, add to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve immediately ¼with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, black pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy.
SEASONING: I find that 1/4 tsp of salt is fine for the sauce. Both cooking pasta water and parmesan cheese contain salt, so you're not supposed to add any salt to the spinach sauce. However, before adding pasta, taste and make sure you're happy with the seasoning.LEFTOVERS: it keeps well for a couple of days in the fridge, stored in an air-tight container. Add a tiny splash of water to loosen up the sauce if needed and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave.NOTE: nutritional values are estimates only.