Make a creamy and colorful meal with cream cheese and fresh spinach stirred into hot ziti and flavored with ground nutmeg. Toss gently with a simple blend of diced tomatoes and hot pepper flakes.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 8 ounces ziti pasta
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 ounces fresh spinach, washed and chopped
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Bring a large pot filled with salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook until tender but still firm, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium sized non-reactive pan, combine tomatoes and hot pepper flakes. Warm over medium-low heat, breaking up tomatoes if necessary.
Drain pasta and return to hot pan. Add spinach, cream cheese and nutmeg. Cook, stirring, over low heat until spinach wilts, 1-2 minutes. Pour tomato sauce over spinach ziti. Stir and toss gently to mix.