Monday, November 1, 2010

Penne With Spinach And Vodka Cream Sauce

I apologize in advance for the photo of the finished dish. I mean, come on Mags, couldn't you have at least put it in a serving bowl? Nope. I was feeling under the weather and it was all I could do to throw this together and make sure that hubby had a hot meal to come home to. When I'm sick, I prefer Dove chocolates and creamy coffee drinks (I'd hate to lose a pound or two during my illness, don't ya know,) but that doesn't mean that hubby needs to suffer along with me. Martyr Mags, that's me.

A quick trip through the pantry, fridge and freezer put this meal together in minimal time. (I use my microwave all the time to defrost meat from the freezer.) It's certainly nothing fancy, but when I finally felt well enough to eat the leftovers, I thought I'd done a fairly good job of using up some spinach that was almost ready for the dumpster, and even though I used jarred sauce, I know you'll forgive me. (Sniffle, sneeze, snot.)

Penne With Spinach And Vodka Cream Sauce

3 cups whole wheat penne (or your favorite pasta) cooked per package directions, drained
1 lb. lean ground beef (I used Laura's Lean 94/6)
1 cup diced onions
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
1 (25 oz jar) vodka cream sauce, or make your own and make me jealous of you. (sniffle, sneeze)
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus more to pass at the table)

In a large deep skillet, brown the ground beef with the onions, red pepper and garlic. Add the spinach and stir until it is wilted. Season with salt and pepper Take two Kleenex and blow your nose. Pour one 8 ounce glass of water and take two cold medicine tablets.... your choice.

Pour one shot of Crown Royal and drink in one gulp. (Don't miss this step.)

Add the jarred vodka cream sauce to the skillet, or if you've made your own from scratch, add it and don't tell me about it.

Grab another handful of Kleenex and (you know the drill.)

Cover skillet and simmer sauce for a few minutes to marry the flavors that you won't even taste because your nose is so plugged and at this point in time, marriage is the last thing on your mind.

Add the Monterey Jack and Parmesan and stir well to melt. Add the cooked pasta and stir well to combine. Slap out the plates and forks, tell hubby to dig in, and then go lay on the couch.


SeattleDee said...

Get well, Mags. And for goodness sakes, go back to bed and have some chicken soup, or a cup of tea with a shot of something in it.

Nanan said...

You did really well for being ill! A complete meal - with healthy green veggies and protein and calcium and whole grains... and you didn't dirty but 2 pots??? And I am sure it was ready in less than 20 minutes! You rule! Get better soon!

June said...

Looks wonderful and so very healthy! You're a good wife "martyr Mags". Hope you're feeling better soon.

PlumpNotFat said...

We call it "Serving from the Stove" and it's 100% acceptable even if you're 100% healthy!

Great recipe. I'm cooking for 6 tomorrow and this is going to be there :)

Megan said...

I hope you're feeling better! I know that pasta would make me feel better!

Pam said...

I hope you're feeling better, and if you are going to have to use a jarred sauce, certainly one with the words Vodka and Cream in it makes it all okay!!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

This looks delicious! Hope you're feeling better, and I think it's great that you still made dinner for your husband :)

Frieda said...

No apologies necessary!! Hope you get feeling better's no fun to cook/bake when you can't smell, taste or eat!

Mary said...

Vodka? I'm in ;)

This looks fab! I really hope you're feeling better today!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Anonymous said...

I have recently quit drinking..will eating this dish have an adverse effect on my progress??..hope you feel well soon!!

Carolyn said...

That looks good enough to make me want to break out the expensive low carb Dreamfields pasta so I can eat it!
Hope you're feeling better.

Haden News said...

Your Penne with Spinach and Vodka Cream Sauce looks yummy, your husband is one LUCKY man!! Hope you are feeling better!!

Julie said...

I hope you're feeling better. That's a much nicer meal than I would make for mine if I were feeling bad...can you say Marie Callender's frozen pot pie? I'm glancing at the recipe and thinking Crown Royal? I don't remember Crown Royal in vodka sauce? Too funny.

Sue said...

Mags, When I'm sick I don't make the hubs anything, so you're doing well in that regard:) Glad you're feeling better!

The Urban Baker said...

oh how i love a good vodka sauce. my kids have requested that for tomorrow night's dinner. i have a great recipe and will try and post it. it's delicious. you won't buy it in the jar ever again!

Moogie said...

Sorry that you're feeling ill. Perhaps you should wash down some meds with a glass of vodka. You'll be feeling better in no time.

niece Denise said...

wow Auntie M, when I'm sick I would just boil the pasta, heat the sauce and be done