Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke PastaPinitI have way too many memories of eating apps (that’s appetizers) at Applebees in the last 5+ years. My favorite was – and still is – the Spinach and Artichoke Dip. It’s so bad and so good all at the same time.

I remember when Applebees came to the small town that I grew up in during my senior year. That was the year that everyone lived for rides in the Corsi, zebra shorts (honestly, what?), and of course – those Half Price Apps after 9pm.

Corsica

And then I remember going to college and still loving the Half Price Apps. On a weekly basis.

And then I remember one of my friends and I investigating the health horrors of all the Half Price Apps. And turning a blind eye because we loved them so much.

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

Here’s the good news. I have recently graduated from Applebees Spinach Artichoke dip (half price) to a healthy meal that features spinach, artichoke, white beans, and parmesan cheese called Spinach Artichoke Pasta. And it makes me feel a whole lot better than I do after polishing off the entire Spinach and Artichoke platter by myself.

This was the first time that I have used Philadelphia’s new “Cooking Creme”. I really enjoyed it. It is not quite as thick as cream cheese, but still has a little bit of cream cheese taste to it. It’s salty, but that’s ok with me. (And in a pinch, It works well for chip dip, too. I’m just sayin.)

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

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Spinach & Artichoke Pasta
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup whole grain pasta (I like shells)
  • a handful of fresh spinach
  • 2 tbs. Philadelphia Cooking Creme
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ cup canned artichoke hearts, quartered
  • ½ cup white beans
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta. Drain and return to pot. Keep heat on medium/low.
  2. Add all ingredients except spinach. Stir until combined and heated through.
  3. Stir in spinach until slightly wilted. Top with Parmesan and ground black pepper.

I wish I could say that you’ll never find me at Applebees again, now that I’ve made this delicious alternative, but I think we both know that’s not true. Some habits die hard.

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Comments

  1. Looks yummy. I can’t wait to make this pasta dish. Thanks for posting.

  2. Found this on pinterest! Definitely need to make it, looks amazing and so simple!!!

  3. This looks delicious! I plan on making it in the next day or two. :) I LOVE artichoke dip too!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. We made this last night, but we used regular fat free cream cheese instead of cooking cream. Totally delicious, fast and easy to make. Clever idea.

  5. Danielle says:

    Hi! I went shopping today and was told they had discontinued Philadelphia Cooking Creme. I tried a variation of this without the cooking creme using Land O’Lakes sauteed starters (italian and herb), but wondered if you had any suggestions what I could replace the cooking creme with.

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