Beach Cottage has a Guest & A Goat’s Cheese and Spinach Pasta Recipe
Tue 27th, Mar, 2012
G’day Beach Cottage ladies, wowzas have I got a treat for you today! Come on in sweeties for some pretty things & even better a recipe that floats my boat.
What would we do without pasta hey? Indeed when we had bambino number 3 in this house, we ate pasta every night for far too long…one night Mr Beach Cottage came home from work and nearly cried at pasta again…as did his wife and it wasn’t long after that I found the thing that changed my life : the slow cooker / crockpot..
But, nowadays those third-baby-pasta-newborn days are long gone and the Beach Cottage Crew are in love with pasta so it is in my meal plan every single week.
I am always on the hunt though for things to do with pasta, new ways to invent a quick and easy meal with it and so when I came across this recipe at the lovely Stacey’s blog I jumped on it…not only is it super-duper easy, it uses my absolute favourite, goat’s cheese, and as I read through it, it was pretty obvious, pretty quickly, that this would be one of those recipes that you can throw together but actually makes you look like you did oh-so-much more than that…
Plus you can dress it up for supper with friends…you probs know by now, that kinda recipe has my name all over it, right?
And even better Mrs Veggie Mama sports a pink bike, with a basket and white flowers, I mean how could we not have her over here with us for a post? I knew you would lurve her.
So I asked Mrs Veggie Mama if she would be so kind as to share with us how she makes this super-duper pasta from heaven, I’ll hand her over right away…xo
Over at Veggie Mama I only have one rule about food – it has to be really, really good. There has to be actual flavour.
As far as everything else goes, I’m pretty relaxed. I’m not overly-obsessed with health given I’m the first person to put cheese on everything, but I do get excited about vegetables and I keep a pretty interesting meal rotation. I love spending time on elaborate meals when I have it to spare, but most of the time I don’t. Sound familiar? (Mrs Beach Cottage : oh lady I hear you!)
I tend to create or make recipes that are easy, only require things you can get at a supermarket or fruit and veg store; and that are delicious. (Mrs Beach Cottage : my philosophy exactly)
Life’s too short for bland food.
I love this pasta dish because it combines so many of these factors and even produces pretty terrific leftovers. I always keep a box of frozen spinach on hand (it goes in eh-veh-ree-thing, I promise), there’s always pasta in the cupboard, I would be promptly divorced if there were no cheese in the house, and it all gets mixed in one dish and thrown in the oven. (Mrs Beach Cottage : errrm excuse me, you musta made this with me in mind!)
So easy for weeknights, so easily doubled or tripled, and so easily dolled up into something truly spectacular for dinner guests – pesto ravioli in spinach and garlic cream baked with goat cheese, anyone? (Mrs Beach Cottage : errrm I’ll take four)
Added bonus – you get to eat garlic bread with it.
Best eaten on the deck of your beach cottage, with fun friends, a crisp salad and that non-negotiable glass of ice-cold white wine. Or two. I won’t tell.
Veggie Mama’s Baked Spinach & Feta Penne
1 packet penne pasta, cooked according to packet directions until al dente
1 box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 block danish feta
a pinch of salt and pepper
a dash of grated nutmeg
a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
1.5 cups grated tasty cheese
♥ Preheat oven to 180C.
♥ Mix penne with crumbled feta, drained spinach, and cream in a baking dish.
♥ Season to taste with salt, pepper, nutmeg and pepper flakes.
♥ Top all with grated cheese and bake 20 minutes until cooked all the way through.
♥ Place dish under grill/broiler until cheese is and bubbling and golden brown.
♥ Realise you really should have doubled the recipe. It’s that good.
Thanks to Stacey Veggie Mama for being with us today…
See you soon Beach Cottage ladies,