Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pasta with Tomato Blue Cheese Sauce and Cucumber Water

Mom and I had so much fun this weekend! We did lots of shopping and eating. We went to this gourmet food and restaurant supply store called Surfas. It was so awesome, it put the Sur la Table store to shame! Mom and I were in heaven! We were really good and didn't buy too much, but I did find a great drink dispenser that fits in my refrigerator! I had been looking for one because there is a Mexican restaurant here that serves water with cucumbers in it and I have been wanting to make some for us.
We went to an Italian restaurant in Pasadena on Thursday called Il Fornaio, sooo good! Then Friday night we went to a Greek restaurant in Malibu called Taverna Tony's that looked like were were in the Momma Mia movie. Mom wasn't sure that she liked Greek, because she doesn't like goat cheese and several of the dishes had goat cheese in it. The pita bread and hummus were defiantly my favorite!!

Here is a picture of the cucumber water I made in my new dispenser, it is very refreshing!
Cucumber Water on Foodista

Pasta with Tomato Blue Cheese Sauce

1 Tb Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp: sugar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups fresh spinach
Optional: 1/4 cup jarred Marinara sauce

Cook pasta.

In a skillet heat olive oil, add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Drain tomatoes then add to pan. Add seasonings.

Stir and cook covered on medium low for about 10 mins.

Stir in blue cheese crumbles.

Stir in cream.

This recipe didn't call for marinara, but when I tasted it I wanted more tomato flavor so I added it and then it was perfect. Cook sauce for 2 more minutes.

Drain pasta.

Add spinach and pasta to sauce. Stir and serve immediately.

This would have been yummy served with Sour Cream Chicken. I am putting these on a menu together next week.

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