Welcome to the second post of our new series, Before and After! You can read our first post by going to the Frugal Food page. Today, in honor of my friend Mr. CBB, we’re tackling a vegetarian dish. This dish from Mr. CBB over at Canadian Budget Binder, has fast become a family favorite around here. Never in my life did I think I’d see the day when the kids begged for a dish that included spinach, but thanks to Mr. CBB, they do!
Here’s the original dish, created by Mr. CBB:
The ingredients are listed here, but you can go over to the original post for complete directions. Doesn’t it look delicious?
- 1 pkg fettuccine pasta (we use about 12 ounces) (reserve 1/4 cup cooking water)
- 3 cups of spinach (washed)
- 500 grams of fresh Ricotta cheese
- salt for pasta water
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- fresh Parmigiano cheese
- 3 tablespoons of butter
When we make this dish (cost, about $5 if you shop at Walmart and get the generic noodles), we make a lot of it, so that we can have leftovers the next day. But this week, I decided to do something different with the leftovers:
We made them into soup! I based this recipe off of an old soup recipe that I’ve had for years, a spinach and tortellini tomato-based soup. So, here’s what I did:
Took the leftovers (we had 2 to 3 cups leftover), put them into a medium-sized pot, and added:
– 1 -15 oz can of diced tomatoes, juice and all
– 1 soup can of water (my original recipe calls for a can of chicken broth, but we use water and salt instead)
– salt to taste (we add about a teaspoon)
– 2 pressed fresh garlic cloves
We simmered the soup on low for about 30 minutes or so, adding more water when necessary to get the desired consistency, and voila! The sweet, tangy, garlicky taste was so warm and soothing: perfect for a cold day!
Some other ideas for leftovers from the Spinach and Ricotta Fettucine?
Bake at 350 degrees after you:
– put it into an appropriate-sized baking dish and add a little milk, and top with crushed garlic-flavored croutons and some more parmesan.
– bake it with some cheddar cheese and milk for a fancied-up mac and cheese dish
– top it with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella and bake
When you start with a great main dish, leftovers can actually be fun – try it!