Recipe: Pasta the “Mama K” Way

OK I know we all have those days/nights when we just want to throw in the towel and say, “fine. pasta it is.” And I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ok with that. The issue I have is that I don’t want to train my kids into being “plain pasta” people. I just think that is so boring and could lead to bad habits for us and the kiddos. So I like to at least put something in it — and this basically works and makes me feel a bit better – they may not be getting tremendous nutrition but at least I’m trying….



  • dry pasta
  • olive oil
  • frozen, chopped spinach
  • ground sage, to taste
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • butter (optional)


  • Boil pasta
  • When about 1-2 minutes left to boil, throw in some frozen chopped spinach — for a pound of pasta I would throw in a handful, so not that much. Just enough so that it looks like “spices”; not too overwhelming for the kiddos
  • strain out water in a colander with smaller holes, that way less spinach escapes
  • pour mixture back in pot — add seasonings, more olive oil, and some butter (optional)

Prep time: 1 minute

Cook time: 10 min to boil; 10-12 min to cook

I sometimes use this as the main dish for lunch, or as a side dish at dinner. This is also great left-over — just “freshen up” in hot water for 1-2 minutes and add some more olive oil. Easy schmeasy.


– Mama K

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