Radiatore Alfredo with Spinach and Basil

The other day, I was going to fix spaghetti, but I was feeling creative. I decided to experiment. Spaghetti with crazy noodles turned into a pretty yummy new recipe. All three girls gobbled it up. I call that a success! If you want to try it, here’s what I did (I didn’t measure much, so I hope the amounts are right).

*Besides the taste, the other thing I like about this recipe is that it’s vegetarian.  I’m not a vegetarian, but meatless meals once in a while sure are nice on the budget.)

Radiatore Alfredo with Spinach and Basil

Begin by preparing:

  • 10 oz Radiatore Pasta, cooked and drained according to package directions
  • 6 oz spinach, cooked and drained

When pasta and spinach are almost done, prepare sauce. (Sauce takes 5 minutes or less.)

Mock Alfredo Sauce:

3 Tbs butter, 3 Tbs flour, 1 & 1/2 C milk (*Do not use old flour–it will make the sauce taste terrible!)

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour with whisk. Quickly add milk and stir until mixture bubbles and thickens (over medium or low heat). While continuing to stir, add salt and pepper to taste and stir in 1/4 C (or more) Parmesan cheese and (optional) 1/4 C shredded cheddar cheese.

Stir in 1/2 tsp chopped fresh basil (use more if it’s dried) and the cooked spinach. Mix well and pour over the pasta.  Stir, taste, and add more salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with more Parmesan, if desired. (My kids love to add Parmesan.  If I’m not watching, they’ll end up with a mountain of cheese!)

I was so excited to find something that my whole family enjoyed that I had to share! I hope your family likes it too. (I think the fun-shaped noodles added to the appeal of the recipe.)  The other thing I like about this recipe?  It’s vegetarian.  I’m not a vegetarian, but meatless meals once in a while sure are nice on the budget .

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  1. This looks amazing! I’m definitely adding it to my to-cook list! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Looks delicious! I have never tried radiatore before! Thanks for linking up to Gettin’ Krafty!

  3. Very creative, that looks so good! Thanks for sharing a fantastic recipe :)

  4. Ooh yum, that sounds great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  5. What a lovely recipe. I love cooking with basil and with the rate my basil plants are growing, I need to find more recipes with basil. I will be adding this to my list of recipes to try. I’m stopping by from the Wednesday Whatsits party. I’d love for you to share this wonderful recipe at my Monday party. http://www.thisgalcooks.com/2012/08/marvelous-mondays-link-party-8.html

    Have a fabulous day!


  6. I just had to click on the photo to see it up close… YUM it looks divine!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  7. Sounds tasty and easy to make! I might have to try this on my family too! I think my kids would love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. That looks really delicious! I’ve pinned it!

  9. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    This looks delicious!

  10. Pinned this and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week! I can’t wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

  11. This sounds yummy. Thanks so much for sharing at Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live with features tomorrow night. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. Hi Heidi,
    Great recipe. I love Alfredo. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  13. Some really wonderful posts on this internet site , thankyou for contribution.

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