Do you have one of those go-to pastas that’s so easy and so delicious that you make it a least once a week? We do, and it’s this pesto pasta with spiral noodles. It’s so rich and creamy and garlicky and all of the cozy, good feelings you want when it’s cold outside and you just want to stay in and make something fast and yummy.
We posted about it on our Instagram a few days ago and we got SO many requests for the recipe that we decided to come up with one real quick. The truth is, we just kind of throw it together whenever we make it, but we do make it the same way every time. It’s very quick, very easy, and very good. Here’s what you’ll need…
1 pound of cellentani noodles
3 cloves of garlic, chopped and minced
Half a stick of butter
Salt & pepper to taste
2 cups of spinach leaves
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
3/4 cups of pesto (you could make your own, but we use store bought)
1 cup of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
Grilled chicken for protein (optional)
Heat a pot of water on high and bring to a boil. Sprinkle a little salt in the water to enhance the flavor. Rinse pasta and set aside.
In a skillet on medium heat, sauté the butter and garlic for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Careful not to burn the garlic.
Once sautéed, pour in the heavy whipping cream and stir.
Add salt & pepper to taste.
Add in the pesto and stir for about 30 seconds, or until everything is mixed well.
Add in the spinach and stir until it’s fully covered.
Let it sit on low to simmering heat for about 5 mins while occasionally stirring.
While the sauce is simmering, rinse the mushrooms and sauté in butter, garlic, and salt to taste, on medium to high heat. Cover, and let them cook for about 5-8 minutes.
Once cooked, pour the mushrooms and their sauce into the pesto sauce.
Add in the parmesan cheese and stir some more. Let it sit for 2 mins.
Mix the pasta in with the sauce and stir until it’s fully coated.
Garnish with more parmesan cheese.
Like we mentioned, we don’t have an actual recipe for this pasta, and just sort of guess every time, adding more garlic or salt or pesto when needed. Play around with it and make it your own. Those are always the best recipes anyway, don’t you think?
(Photo via here)