Did you know that it's almost impossible to get fresh spinach over here? You can only get the red kind, and only at the Indian grocery store.
I bought some frozen spinach the other day (to experiment with some filo pastry I accidently bought thinking it was puff pastry), so I decided to use half of it to make today's lunch for the kids.
Voila - Puke Green Macaroni. Looks absolutely vile, but taste absolutely delicious. Would be a good dish to serve at a halloween party. My kids ate it even though they knew it has spinach in it. Hide that fact if you think your kids would be turned off by the thought of eating vegetables. That's why I call it 'Green Macaroni'.
Easy Peasy Green Macaroni (Macaroni with creamy spinach sauce)
250grams elbow macaroni, cooked per instructions
200grams frozen spinach
10 3/4 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
soup can of milk.
1 clove garlic, finely chopped.
1 tbsp cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
more parmesan cheese for garnish.
Thaw the frozen spinach in hot water, drain well.
Put spinach and canned soup in the blender.
Measure milk in the empty soup can and add into blender.
Blend till smooth.
In a saucepan, saute garlic in oil till slightly brown.
Pour in blended spinach cream soup, bring to a boil.
Turn off heat and add cheese.
Pour sauce over macaroni, mix it around (or not), garnish with more grated parmesan.
Looks ugly but tastes yummy.
You can use any kind of creamy soup. If not using soup in a can, subtitute with one cup chicken stock and one cup cream.
If using fresh spinach: In the saucepan, saute garlic in oil then add chopped fresh spinach and stir till wilted. Put into blender with soup, blend till smooth as per recipe. Pour back into saucepan to bring to boil.
You can use other types of pasta instead of macaroni.