Necessity is the mother of invention…such was the case tonight when I had no idea what to cook and had a bunch of random things in my fridge. Alas, a lightbulb turned on and I was able to clear out all the “about to expire” items from my fridge and eat a delicious meal as a result! I’m calling this little ditty “Greek Alfredo Shells” because of the greek influences I used with the mint and feta. If you can come up with a better name, let me know! haha
Here it goes! (And by the way, I didn’t really measure anything so these are all approximations. Taste everything as you go and it should turn out just fine!)
What you’ll need:
1 box of medium shells
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
2 ounces of cream cheese
2/3 cup heavy cream
Pinch of nutmeg
Sea salt to taste
One bag of fresh spinach, wilted
Fresh mint, chiffonade, to taste
Fresh basil, chiffonade, to taste
Fresh oregano, chiffonade, to taste
3 ounces feta crumbles
2 cans (5 ounces) solid albacore tuna
Roasted tomatoes (optional, I didn’t have these on hand, but they would have been perfection!)
Grated parmesan, for topping
Follow directions on the box for cooking the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, in a small saucepan on medium heat melt the butter and add the minced garlic. Add the cream cheese, and stir around until soft and almost melted (unless you softened the cream cheese ahead of time). Add the heavy cream and stir continuously until the cream cheese is melted. Add the nutmeg and salt to taste. Reduce the sauce into a thick cream and then turn the heat down until the pasta is ready.
Drain the pasta. In a large bowl add the pasta, then the wilted spinach, mint, basil, oregano, feta, tuna, and roasted tomatoes (if using), top with the sauce and stir, combining all the ingredients. Serve in bowls topped with grated parmesan and any fresh herbs you have leftover.
This dish is sort of whatever you have on hand…so if you don’t have one of the ingredients, don’t worry about it…as long as you have the makings of the sauce you’re going to be right on track with this one! It’d be delicious with some olives as well! Alright, GO EAT SOMETHING!!
Thanks for reading!