Do you ever invent meals based on the meagre ingredients in your fridge? Ok, so that is how this dinner came about. After baking doughnuts and cookies all day, and realising come dinner time that I had not had lunch. I don’t count the taste testing I did as lunch. Or the calories. I didn’t sit down so they don’t count right?
I started out by cooking some pasta in salted boiling water. While this was cooking, I browned some butter and when it starts to smell nutty, I put half a small sweet onion and 2 cloves of garlic on the cook until the onion is translucent. Then I added 2 large handfuls of spinach to cook down with a splash of white wine.
If you are worried you spinach will give off too much liquid, you can cook it separately and then drain off and add the spinach afterwards (or add it to the pasta when the pasta is about a minute away from being done). I find once I add the cheese, it tends to soak of the excess liquid. Now add the parmesan (or you can use cheddar, ricotta, whatever you have to hand) and cook until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the crème fraîche and season with pepper. Parmesan is salty, so you may not need salt.
Stir in the drained pasta, fun shapes or spaghetti, it is up to you. Stir in a small knob of butter and serve. It is a simple and quick meal to make when you get in from work and are in a hurry, or when, like me, you have an empty fridge but still want a tasty meal for dinner.