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whole wheat spaghetti with spinach and mushroom in a cream sauce

spaghetti-1180x664I really like pasta. When other people make it, that is.

I never seem to get it right—it’s never salty enough, or tastes too tomato-ey. Pumpkin, picky eater that she is, won’t touch it, and I never have the heart to make it, knowing the fight that lies ahead. As a result, we have packages of the stuff taking up space in our pantry.

I had heard that adding milk to the pasta would give it a creaminess, but I could never quite achieve it in the past. When I recently purchased mushrooms and spinach, out of the blue this recipe popped into my head. I thought it over for several days, wondering if I would screw this one up too.

When I had run out of ideas for dinner, I finally began experimenting with this combination of ingredients. I had nothing to be afraid of; it turned out beautifully, and it really was so easy.

Everyone loved it (including Pumpkin!) and I can’t wait to make it again!

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WHOLE WHEAT SPAGHETTI WITH SPINACH AND MUSHROOMS IN A CREAM SAUCE


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3 cups  spinach, chopped
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 tablespoon coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Boil water in a stock pot and cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. As spaghetti is boiling, add spinach and mushroom.
  3. When spaghetti has been cooked al dente, drain. Rinse with cold water to keep spaghetti from sticking together. Set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, sauté onions until caramelized.
  5. Add coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Allow spices to incorporate for another minute.
  6. Add milk, turning heat to low, and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Toss in spaghetti-spinach-mushroom and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. There should be enough milk/sauce to coat the pasta. If there isn’t add more milk, little by little to achieve desired result. Serves 4-6.

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9 thoughts on “whole wheat spaghetti with spinach and mushroom in a cream sauce

  1. I just popped in to say that I tried this once when you posted it, but tweaked it a bit by adding mushrooms and spinach with onions instead of spaghetti. I still remember this recipe and I am soon going to make it again the exact same way 😀

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