Recipe Box, Loaded Spinach Spaghetti Alfredo

 

I know January is a month for a healthy new beginnings

 

 

 

 

And we have been eating lots of salads, veggies and lean protein…

 

 

 

 

But when the temperature is 22 degrees,

and there is 1/2 inch of  ice on everything in a subtropical zone,

and your pipes are frozen for the 2nd time in 2 weeks

😵

 

 

 

You need something warm, filling and comforting!

 

 

 

 

This truly isn’t quite as decadent as it looks, promise

 

 

 

 

I used light Alfredo, light whipped cream cheese, protein enriched pasta,

and only 1 slice of bacon per serving

 

 

 

 

Start by cooking the bacon, then remove it to drain, reserving 1-2 T bacon fat,

Add the spinach to the skillet

 

 

 

Once the spinach has wilted and cooked down, add garlic and cook for a minute

 

 

 

 

Next stir in the cream cheese to melt

 

 

 

 

Add the light Alfredo sauce, 1 serving has only 45 calories and 3 grams of fat

 

 

 

 

Add the drained pasta to the sauce

 

 

 

 

Stir to combine and turn out into a prepared baking dish

 

 

 

 

Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake now or cover and refrigerate for baking later

Parmesan cheese is such a great way to get a rich flavor without a lot of calories, a little goes a long way

 

 

 

 

All done, dig in!

 

 

Variations:

Cooked chicken, ham, sausage, turkey would all be a wonderful addition to this dish, but you might need to increase the sauce amount depending on how much you add.

Also, asparagus, peas, kale, broccoli, just about any vegetable you love would work well too

You could also add the bacon into the dish before baking but I didn’t want to loose the crispy texture so it was added as a garnish

 

Loaded Spinach Spaghetti Alfredo

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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6 oz. thin spaghetti

4 strips bacon

6 cups baby spinach

1-2 T bacon fat*

1 tsp minced garlic

1 cup light Alfredo sauce

4 oz light whipped cream cheese

2 oz Parmesan

Salt & pepper

Chopped green onion tops for garnish

Variation: Add chopped cooked chicken, ham, broccoli, asparagus, peas

Bring salted water to boil, add pasta, stir down into water. Cover and turn off burner. Pasta will cook while you prepare the rest.

Fry bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving. 1-2 T of fat in skillet*.
Add spinach to skillet and saute until it wilts down. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Add cream cheese and Alfredo to spinach. Cook and stir until melted together. Add drained pasta. Turn out into a greased casserole and sprinkle with Parmesan. Cover and refrigerate until baking for up to 48 hours.

Bake at 350 until heated through and bubbling, 30-45 minutes. Baking time will depend on how cold dish is at the beginning.

Garnish with chopped green onion tops and crumbled bacon

*Melt butter in skillet and add olive oil if you don’t want to use bacon fat

 

for another printable version of Loaded Spinach Spaghetti Alfredo click here

Stay Warm!

 

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25 Responses to “Recipe Box, Loaded Spinach Spaghetti Alfredo”
  1. Very nice spaghetti! 🙂 Definitely great inspiration for today’s dinner 🙂 Thank you

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  2. Rick makes really good alfredo. But I think yours looks better! Love the light touch!

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  3. Cyndi Raines says:

    Looks wonderful and has my mouth watering. All it needs is some good garlic toast to go with it. Thanks for another good recipe.

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  4. Rosie M. says:

    Yum; I can almost taste this dish now! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight. Thanks, Jenna!

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  5. Sharon Mann says:

    Yummy, I wish I could reach in and take a bite. I hope the weather warms soon.

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  6. Jodi says:

    Oh how wonderful this looks! And you did try to lighten it up as much as you could. LOVE it!

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  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    Looks wonderful for a day like today! We are suppose to warm up a little today and more tomorrow..

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  8. Oh, you are killing me here! This looks so delicious that I’m actually starting to drool. I would make this now if I had baby spinach and bacon on hand. Why, oh why did I let myself run out of these two items? Well, I won’t be heading to the store until next week, but I guarantee you this is going to be on my cooking agenda in the near future.

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  9. Jenna, I am so sorry you are dealing with frozen pipes again. Maybe that fabulous looking dish helped your feelings! Just the mention of Alfredo puts the hubby in a happy mood. This really looks and sounds delicious.

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  10. Lynn says:

    Two words… Yes please:@)

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  11. Stacey says:

    This looks so easy and delicious! I’m definitely going to be making this one. 🙂

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  12. Lea Culp says:

    Oh, my goodness, you make that look so easy and I’m wishing for a plate of it right now. I just may have to try my hand with it. Hoping you all warm up this weekend. We’re suppose to. Thank goodness!

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  13. Jill Kuhn says:

    Oh, no! Sorry to hear you have had frozen pipes!! 😳 Your spaghetti dish looks very yummy! Thanks Jenna for the recipe! 😊

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  14. Mary says:

    Love your combo of ingredients Jenna, comfort food for sure! Being without water is the pits…I hope you didn’t have any bursting pipes from your freeze to add insult to injury! We’ve been in a ‘comfort food zone’ for a week now. Lots of calories and wine consumed at our house with the loss of power, no TV for a week due to the dish being hit, roof damage (no help from our insurance company) and attaching a tarp in preparation for the 7 inches of snow. Keep Calm and Winter On 🙂

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