I was really surprised at how well this recipe turned out — and how easy it was to make. It goes directly into our family’s favorite pile!
The original recipe comes from All Recipes but I changed it a bit. Instead of fresh basil and oregano, I used dried. Instead of fresh mozzarella, I used shredded. And I was a little short on tomatoes so I upped the spinach. I think this recipe would even be good without the cheese. Very versatile.
The recipe calls for shrimp but you could use any protein source you like — or none at all. The kids really liked the creamy pasta. And I put out some meatballs and fruit too. They’re not into shrimp quite yet.
- 8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta (used whole grain)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ sweet onion, diced
- 1 TBS dried oregano or 3 TBS fresh
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-4 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 TBS dried basil or 3 TBS fresh
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups spinach leaves
- 1 pound cooked shrimp - peeled and deveined (or alternative protein sources -- cooked)
- 8 ounces shredded mozzarella, part skim
- Cook fettuccine according to package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and oregano and cook (and stir) until fragrant and golden. Mix in the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Just before the pasta is done mix in spinach until it wilts and then stir in the shrimp and cook until heated through.
- Drain the pasta, spinach, and shrimp and then mix with the tomato mixture and mozzarella cheese.
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