Spinach: Giada’s Great Italian Takes

by in View All Posts, September 22nd, 2010
Penne with Spinach Sauce
Giada's Penne with Spinach Sauce

Fall FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

In honor of the first day of fall, whip up some comforting everyday Italian dishes from Giada, featuring the earthy goodness of still-fresh spinach. As part of a cheesy topping or pasta mix-in, spinach goes from dreaded health food to savory treat.

Penne with Spinach Sauce
Giada makes this spinach pasta creamy yet healthy – see her secrets!

Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens
Serve these crunchy, garlic-scented cheese and spinach-topped toasts with any pasta or a hearty Italian soup.

Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens
Giada's Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens

Shells with Crispy Pancetta and Spinach
Spinach-stuffed pasta shells make any dinner feel like a special occasion.

Shells with Crispy Pancetta and Spinach
Shells with Crispy Pancetta and Spinach

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Comments (24)

  1. Awesome recipes. Thanks for sharing!
    Here’s something Indian I did with spinach a while back http://www.indiansimmer.com/2010/07/palak-paneer-

  2. Laura says:

    I love pasta with spinach and I love the Fall Fest idea to follow summer fest. I will start working on it.

  3. vegetarianirvana says:

    Here is my recipe for savory buttermilk spinach pancakes at http://vegetarianirvana.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/

  4. Ranjani says:

    I was having trouble finding inspiration for a spinach dish, so it is great to have some more ideas!
    This week I made spinach pasta: http://4seasonsoffood.blogspot.com/2010/09/spinac

  5. i planted spinach for the first time this fall…and posted a recipe for mixed vegetable fritters on fresh spinach tossed in a honey mustard vinaigrette. http://napafarmhouse1885.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-

  6. Kathleen says:

    I must try to grow some. Great ideas. Could not decide which recipe so I posted a page today where the reader can decide. http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/spinac

  7. @ElissaM says:

    I made the Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens last night….YUM!!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I just learned to make ricotta — I think I might try it in that delicious-looking pasta . . .

    My contribution to Fall Fest this week is about how adding the simplest things can make spinach seem delicious all by itself: http://www.dollopofcream.com/2010/09/good-spinach… — Enjoy!

  9. Ellen says:

    I know what you're thinking: baby spinach in a smoothie? Yup. You don't even know it's there, honestly! Try my Triple Berry Smoothie and you'll see what I mean: http://iamglutenfree.blogspot.com/2010/07/triple-

  10. Kulsum says:

    Such great Ideas! Love Gaida.

    Here is my contribution for the theme http://www.journeykitchen.com/2010/06/palak-panee

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