It may not look like from the name of the recipe, but this pasta dish is comfort food at its finest. Okay, well, maybe it is refined comfort food, but it is comfort food nonetheless. The ingredients in this dish all must be distant cousins of some sort, because while somewhat assertive on their own, they all seem to meld together to create a crazy good balance in this recipe. Everything takes a more subtle note and you are left with the flavor of every ingredient without one overpowering the other. Don’t forget to salt your pasta water before cooking – it’s the only chance the poor pasta has at getting some flavor!
Spinach, Canadian Bacon and Goat Cheese Pasta
- 1 1/3 cup of elbow pasta
- 6 slices of Canadian bacon, cut into bit size pieces
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons of fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
Cook pasta in a medium pot according to package instructions, making sure to salt the water prior to adding the pasta.
Drain pasta, reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Add pasta back to pot over medium heat.
Add remaining ingredients. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until spinach is slightly wilted, milk is absorbed and goat cheese is melted & thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and serve immediately.