It's Purim! Can you guess what my daughter is dressed as? A bunny, of course! So is her cousin. :)
Today was Ta'anis Esther (the Fast of Esther) and as it happens, I have a little tradition about fasts. I always, with very few exceptions, break my fasts on mac & cheese. Sometimes it's the boxed stuff (gotta love it!), sometimes it's just pasta with cheese melted on it. This time, I still had some of that spinach left in the fridge, and I had a craving for fettuccine alfredo, so I decided to try making my own cheese sauce with spinach.
It was pretty yummy, if I do say so myself.
After dinner, I had to run to megillah reading, and when I got back at almost 10PM, I remembered that I had wanted to bake some cupcakes tonight. I could just do it tomorrow, but then I'd have to do it with my dear daughter screaming in my ear. So I went ahead and baked them.
And took a few pictures.
And experimented with staging my shots to get them the way I want them.
I came pretty close. I'm proud.
Now for the recipe.
Pasta with Spinach Cheese Sauce
- 1 Box of Pasta, cooked according to package directions
- 2-3 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
- 1-2 Cups fresh spinach, ripped
- 1/4 Cup flour
- 1.5 Cups milk
- 1/2-1 Cup shredded cheese, whatever variety suits you
- Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan.
- Add garlic to butter, saute until fragrant
- Add in spinach, continue to saute until wilted
- Remove the spinach and garlic from the pan and set aside
- Put remaining butter into pan and melt.
- Slowly add flour, mixing until well combined after each addition, until the butter is thick.
- Add milk and cook on medium heat until milk is hot.
- Add cheese and mix until melted.
- Mix sauce with pasta and serve
One note: The sauce was tasty, but not as flavorful as I'd hoped. Try adding salt and pepper and maybe some onion powder.