Sunday, March 1, 2009

Swamp dish: pasta verde

Swamp Dish
This is my attempt to get veggies into those "picky eaters", and it worked!! You have to try the swamp dish.

You can cut everything in half. I'm always feeding a large group.

Just the ingredients:
4 cups elbow macaroni
4 cups raw veggies
2 cups raw spinach
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 flour
salt, pepper, chicken bouillon paste or other chicken flavor
2 1/2 cups milk

extras: ground beef, cheese,

The procedure:

4 cups of macaroni (dry)--cook and set aside

4 cups of of fresh, raw veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots)

Steam the veggies until they are soft 2-3 minutes

Drain the veggies and add 1/2 stick of butter in pan

Saute the veggies in the butter with: 1 t. salt, 1/2 t. pepper, 1 T better than chicken boullion (makes sure it tastes good!)

When the butter is melted, add 1/4 flour to make a roux. (Basically, a paste of flour and butter)

Slowly add the 2 1/2 cups of milk. You want the mixture to thicken.

Add 2 big handfulls of green leaf spinach at the end.

Place all of this thickened mixture (hot) in the food processor. Whirl around. You'll have a thick green sauce.

Toss over the pasta. Impossible for little hands to pick out anything!!

Smother with: cook ground beef, cheese, bacon bits, etc. or just eat as is! Yummy!
Huge veggie servings!!


Anonymous said...

That looks really interesting. How did Princess E like it?

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I'm totally going to try that! It looks gross (and by that I mean: wonderful!)

Hudson t. Webber said...

For all my mom's readers: it didn't taste that bad. And mommy, is this your way of "going Green"?

Berean Wife said...

We make something similar that my children named "Green Spaghetti." It is similar to Spinach/Artichoke dip.

2 jars Alfredo Sauce
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 can drained Spinach
1/2 can chopped artichokes
Diced roasted Tomatoes
2 cups chopped chicken (if desired)
can of mushroom slices
Onion, garlic, pepper as desired

Serve over whole-wheat pasta.

They beg for this weekly and prefer it to tomato sauce spaghetti.

Berean Wife