Woopsie Spinach Rigatoni

Today is a perfect example of how good meal intentions can go south very quickly. Not all recipe attempts work or turn out delicious. We have made a meal and then thrown out the meal and ordered a pizza. We always keep a frozen pizza in case we don’t want leftovers or a new recipe doesn’t work out. This time we were able to save it. Cooking is like chemistry experiments. You fail…A LOT and that’s ok. Sometimes you need to take risks and just try. You can’t get better if you don’t try.

What I attempted to do was a no potato spinach gnocchi from my Vegetarian Bible cookbook.

The book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Bible-Editors-Favorite-Recipes/dp/1450807844/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459300026&sr=1-2&keywords=vegetarian+bible

spinach gnocci before disaster

Look at those beauties. Well….they completely broke apart when added to boiling water and turned back into it’s original mixture.

spinach mixture for pasta

In a slight panic we decided to keep going and just do a rigatoni (always keep a pasta on hand) and mix it with this….stuff

Final product…

spinach rigatoni pasta

So. If you want to make this surprisingly delicious pasta, here you go.

Time: Uhhhh 30 minutes? Not sure…I was doing a lot of on the fly stuff.

Skill level: WAY easier than what I was trying to do.

Amount: 4 big servings

You need:

Pasta and spinach

  • 4 cups rigatoni
  • 2 packages of frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper


  • 3 (8oz) cans No Salt Huntz tomato sauce
  • 2 (6oz) cans Contadina tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 6-7 minced basil leaves

Do this:

Pasta and spinach

  1. Cook spinach according to directions.
  2. Drain the spinach thoroughly
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix the spinach, ricotta, parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook your pasta according to the box. Drain and place back in pot.
  5. Mix your spinach mixture in with the pasta.

spinach rigatoni pasta before sauce


  1. In a sauce pan add all the ingredients and mix.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.

Enjoy our woopsie spinach pasta!





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