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I Dream of Spinach

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"A delicious pasta dish with bacon, spinach, asparagus and a hint of lemony goodness. The sauce is Alfredo but it's almost unrecognizable. This is one of my 5-year-old's favorite suppers."
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55 m servings 548
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 1/4 cup of bacon drippings in the skillet.
  2. Place asparagus, spinach, and garlic into the skillet with the bacon drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until the asparagus is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in lemon zest and toss to combine; thoroughly mix in bacon and Alfredo sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring sauce to a simmer.
  4. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in rotini and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
  5. Transfer the rotini to a serving bowl and top with Alfredo sauce mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Lemon pepper can be used instead of lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 548 calories; 31.8 49.2 17.9 47 932 Full nutrition

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I didn't have asparagus either so like previous poster I used peas and also added broccoli, which was delicious. I used an alfredo sauce from a package which only made a cup and it disappeared ...

I've made this twice now. I used Oliveri's alfredo sauce from safeway and it was fantastic. The second time I didn't have any asparagus so I used frozen peas and just sort of cooked them till ...