26 July 2016

pinky promise pasta.

as a reminder, i don't measure
while cooking. well, rarely do i
measure while cooking. baking?
yes. cooking? rarely. so i'll give
it a try and hope for the best.
i guess you should have been
standing at the counter with me
while i threw the ingredients together.
alas ... you weren't.
more's the pity.
i don't even have a name
for this dish .. 
need to think of a
creative title.
by george i think i've got it!

.. pinky promise pasta ..

lame, huh?

♥ boil about 10 ounces of rotelle according to package directions.. i drained and rinsed mine a couple minutes early because it'd cook more in the crock pot. but if you want yours mushy go right ahead and cook it for the full allotted time. ahem.

♥ turn your crock pot setting to high.

♥ while your pasta's cooking gather these ingredients on the counter next to the crock pot:

   * about 2/3 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil
   * 6 cups spinach, stems removed, rinsed, dried
   * small container whole milk ricotta
   * 3 large cloves garlic, minced
   * dried herbs :: parsley, basil, oregano
   * 1/2 cup heavy cream
   * 1.5 cups whole milk
   * 1.5 cups asiago or parmesan
   * fresh cracked pepper
   * 1/4 cup butter (**not** margarine!!!)
   * 2 cups whole milk mozarella

♥ in a saucepan, melt the butter then add the pepper and minced garlic. when the garlic begins to turn color add the herbs and stir. then add the heavy cream and bring to just a simmer. add the milk and bring to just a simmer. add the cheese. stir until it begins to thicken and remove from the heat.

♥ spray or slather the crockpot with olive oil.

♥ put half the rotelle on the bottom of the pot.

♥ sprinkle half the sundried tomatoes here and there over the rotelle. then half the ricotta in dollops here and there. then half the spinach. now pour half the alfredo sauce over the spinach and top with half the mozarella.

♥ repeat.

♥ put the lid on and let it do its thing for about 30 minutes, maybe 40 minutes depending on your crock pot. the casserole should be hot all way through and you should still be able to distinguish the spinach for what it is. that's how it was the first night when i didn't take a picture. the leftover picture isn't as pretty.

♥ the first night i made a caesar salad. with the pasta leftovers tonight i made broccoli* and a cuke tomato salad with balsamic dressing. 

about broccoli ::::: bring a saucepan of water to a rolling boil. add the broccoli. watch the clock for three minutes. drain. serve. perfection. pinky promise.



  1. You had me at Alfredo! I made Alfredo Chicken last evening (I make my own sauce, too) and served it over riced cauliflower! Delish! I was going to saute' zucchini but my mom had brought corn on the cob that she want us to eat, so we did that. Easy supper and delicious!

  2. lots of gals i know had pasta last night - about half of them made alfredo. :) i like your idea of alfredo chicken over riced cauliflower. mmm... tonight we're grilling a korean marinated beef .. pairing it with broccoli and riced cauliflower. looking forward.

  3. Oh yummy! I can't wait to try this. I think that's a great name for it, and don't worry, I wouldn't dream of using margarine.

  4. Oh my, what a wonderful dish you have prepared, Sherry. I think the mozzarella makes it. Love, love pasta. And I don't measure when I cook or bake. I guess when you've been cooking for 35 years, you just know. :)


    1. i still measure when baking .. otherwise my cakes would flop.
      a sweet young lady we know dropped off lavender shortbread..
      but first she teased me with a picture of the cookies in the
      oven. what a treat!

  5. I really wish I had been standing beside you in your kitchen to watch - and smell - this wonderful recipe become dinner! Sounds wonderful. Worth trying for sure!

    1. i would have loved that .. you next to me.
      it's been too long since we've gathering our
      hearts in the same place. sniff.

  6. Love how you put a <3 before each step of the recipe. sweet.

    1. just one of my few charms. wink.


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