Cheesy leek & spinach pasta

Cheesy leek & spinach pasta

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Cooking time

Ready in 25-35 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Comfort food at its best - penne with a blue cheese and tomato cream sauce with added vegetables

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
808
protein
27g
carbs
103g
fat
35g
saturates
18g
fibre
9g
sugar
0g
salt
2.03g

Ingredients

  • good knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, total weight about 450g/1lb, thinly sliced
  • 500g packets penne rigate or your favourite pasta shape
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 125g packet Danish blue cheese, roughly diced
  • 8 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and thinly sliced
  • 225g bag baby spinach leaves

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Method

  1. Melt the butter with the oil in a large pan, tip in the leeks and splash in a little hot water. Cover and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until no longer squeaky.
  2. While the leeks are cooking, boil the penne in salted water according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, tip the crème fraîche, sundried tomatoes and mustard into the leeks, add three-quarters of the cheese and season well. Stir until the cheese melts. Take off the heat.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving the cooking water. Tip the pasta into the sauce and stir, adding enough cooking water to make the sauce coat the pasta. Stir in the spinach, a big handful at a time, until it wilts, splashing in a little more water if needed. Toss in the remaining cheese and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2003

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guangdong's picture
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Should have trusted my instincts when looking at the ingredients. It was a strange combination to say the least!

mrsmaccers's picture

Any particular reason you recommend Danish blue cheese? England makes perfectly good Stilton.

jenniemailey's picture
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Nom Nom!! I had to substitute cheddar for the blue cheese as I am pregnant but did everything else as per the menu and this was delicious. Also quick and easy to throw together. Definitely to become a midweek favourite!

njwilson121's picture
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One of my favourite pasta recipes, but I do prefer using either Gorgonzola or Roquefort, because Danish Blue is a bit too harsh for my taste. In addition, sometimes I used roasted cherry tomatoes to save costs. Scrummy with the cheese amendment!

jonesy127's picture

As has already been said: ingredients includes sundried toms, but the method doesn't mention them...

tracypickle's picture
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Really nice but a little to rich so used feta instead second time round and was delicious

cherryxx's picture
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Didn't like it at all.

louisejbx's picture

This went down very well, and soooooo simple, didn't have any spinach but that wasn't a problem, thank you for the recipe

jo_ryan's picture

didn't like this at all, too cloying!

chamberlainr's picture

I used feta cheese and it was nice. Had the leftovers for lunch the next day and it heated through OK...

alicia-foodoholic's picture
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Hi there,
This was really yummy, instead of using creme fraiche, I made my own cheese sauce, the reason being is because it is not sold in my local supermarket.
The ingredients for this was 40g butter, 40g flour, 1 pint milk, 2 tsp of cornflour and unlimted cheese, what ever suites your taste. This was enough for 2 large portions.
Give it a bash !!!

janiceconnell22's picture
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Scrummy! I used half fat halloumi and creme freche and 1 cal spray and still delicious.

charlies's picture

recipe does not say when to add sundried toms !!!!!!!!!!!!

bobsonthegreat's picture
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Not bad. Used chard instead of spinach so just had to cook it in the pasta water for a bit before putting it in. Danish Blue and Creme Fraiche make it a bit too tangy for my tastes. Next time I'd use Saint Agur or cheddar.

kirstyandtyson's picture
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Great mid-week meal. Have made again and again!

gillmcc's picture

Really did not like this atall. The combination of flavours didn't work for me. First recipe that I haven't liked!

emmahis's picture

This is one of my favourites. Lovely served with garlic bread

forestnuter's picture
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I used cheddar instead but really quick and tasty!

Annie M's picture

Left overs (if any) microwave very well.
I added some just cooked chicken breast, cut into small pieces, which blended well with the dish.

dcarnell's picture
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Fast food and very tasty, what more could you ask for!

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