May
5
2008

Two of My Favorite Ingredients, Spinach and Artichoke….

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Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone, even though this post has nothing to do with it. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I feel refreshed and rejuvenated from my little bit of free time over the weekend. My mom and I went and saw Made of Honor, I went to a nice heated yoga class, got some great take out, watched a little tv, took some pilates classes, cooked a little and went shopping. I think I managed to squeeze everything I like to do in a very short amount of time! It was nice, but it’s great having all of my boys back.

My oldest little guy ratted out his dad and told me, “Dad wasn’t going to brush my teeth, I had to tell him to do it.” Nice! At least my 5 year old is looking after his dental health! And then, they told me that my youngest got lost for a few minutes at the camp ground. My husband found him just as he was going toward the lake. I should be grateful they are all back in one piece!

I made this pasta last night as a last minute thing and it was terrific. I love spinach and artichoke together so you’re getting LOTS of it in these two recipes! This pasta recipe is very simple with wonderful flavor coming from the artichoke hearts and pork sausage. It’s all tossed with Fettucini Fini noodles (thinner than original fettucini) and olive oil. Give it a try if you are a fan of these flavors. Everyone seemed to enjoy it last night. It’s much more colorful than it shows, I don’t know where all the spinach went in my pics. It really is a beautiful dish and looks great in a nice big pasta bowl. Enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Fettucini Fini with Sausage

1 lb Fettucini Fini pasta noodles
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 Cups marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 Cups fresh baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1 lb pork sausage of choice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt
2-3 Tablespoons good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. *If you spray noodles with cooking spray, they don’t stick together, I do this all the time.*

2. Place olive oil into a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes then stir in artichoke and spinach leaves. Cook until spinach is wilted down, about 3 minutes. Stir in sausage and cook until browned.

3. Stir in cooked pasta, season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Drizzle with additional olive oil and serve.

Creamy Chicken and Spinach Artichoke Soup

I made this soup as my boys were on their way home from camping and really wasn’t expecting them to love it. It was inspired by a soup I have ordered a cute little cafe called Crackers and Company in Mesa. It was so good, I wanted to go re-create it at home. I did and it is great!

I utilized some of my left over ingredients from their “hobo dinners.” I used the rest of the garlic roasted veggis and 2 chicken breasts. You would have thought there was candy at the bottom of the bowl the way my boys were eating it. It is creamy and delicious and totally worth the calories!

I have to tell you about a wonderful product I always have around the house, especially when I make soup. It’s called Ultra Gel. It’s an instant “thickener.” It will thicken any liquid without even heating. It is truly a must have if you are an avid soup maker like me. If you live in AZ, you can get this product at Shar’s Bosch Kitchen store on Gilbert and Baseline or you can get it online at this LINK. It’s pretty inexpensive and a real keeper. If you don’t want to use it in this soup recipe, it’s no problem it will just be much thinner than how it appears in my picture. However, it tastes great both ways. Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken and Spinach Artichoke Soup

½ lb bacon
2 Cups leftover vegetables from HERE
2 ½ Cups marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
6 Cups fresh baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
3 cans chicken broth
1 Cup half and half
1 Cup sour cream
2 leftover chicken breasts from HERE
½ Cup Ultra Gel (optional, it’s a soup thickener. Here’s the Link where you can check it out)

1. Heat large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Cook bacon until crisped. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 Tablespoons bacon drippings. Place the 2 Tablespoons of bacon drippings back into pot over medium heat. Saute vegetables, artichoke hearts and spinach leaves for 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted down. Stir in chicken broth, half and half, and sour cream until smooth. Stir in chicken breast, crumble all but 6 pieces of bacon and stir into soup. Reduce heat to low. For a thicker soup, slowly whisk in ½ Cup of ultra gel until desired thickness. Simmer on low until ready to serve. Crumble remaining strips of bacon and crumble over each soup bowl.


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  1. 1
    Emily says:

    Your family must not be as picky as you think. My family would NEVER eat spinach and artichokes, you’re lucky!

  2. 2
    Deborah says:

    Spinach and artichokes in soup – I think I’m in heaven!!

  3. 3
    Lisa says:

    That soup and pasta look delicious!I love spinach and artichokes. This weekend was the neighborhood boy scout camping trip here (my son is not old enough) but I went out with a bunch of kidless moms and we saw Made of Honor too. Wasn’t it cute?

  4. 4
    Kim A says:

    Where was that soup last night snitchy??

  5. 5
    Jenny says:

    I guess I’m getting spoiled Emily. I keep working on them!

    Me too Deborah.

    How fun that you went out with the moms! I thought the movie was cute, I always love a good romantic comedy!

    Oh snitchy,
    I totally forgot the soup, he he he. We get to eat the rest as left overs tonight. Come over!

  6. 6
    Patsyk says:

    Both of those recipes sound wonderful. I’ve never heard of that thickener out here, so I may have to search for it when I visit my sis-in-law in Phoenix in a few weeks. I always have a hard time making thicker soups get thick – if you know what I mean.

  7. 7
    Nash says:

    I love soup, especially creamy ones, I might have to try this. Your blog has gone all professional, suddenly I feel inadequate to even comment. JK. It look great!!

  8. 8
    Emiline says:

    Wow! This is a packed post. I can’t decide which dish I like better- the pasta or the soup. They both look really, really good.

    I’ve never seen Ultra Gel before. I’ll have to look for it. I wonder how it works? Maybe it’s cornstarch and water already mixed together. No. That can’t be, because you would need heat.
    I guess it’s just magic!

  9. 9
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    Two fantastic recipes Jenny! I love artichokes too! Your soup looks extremely good!!

  10. 10
    Val says:

    Yum yum yum! These look great. We love spinach and artichokes too, and together in pasta-to die for! Lovely pics :)

  11. 11
    Steph says:

    Yum, both of these recipes look incredible! I love spinach and artichokes, I have a spinach and artichoke dip that is one of my favorite things ever. Great recipes!

  12. 12
    careymc says:

    YUM! I can’t wait to make both the soup AND pasta this next week. Love your recipes, Jenny. Keep them comin’ – and keep posting on MC, ok??? :)

  13. 13
    Camilla says:

    YUM!!! I am crazy for artichokes, too, Jenny. Both recipes look great, but I’m going to have to make the soup asap. Thnk you for the link to the gel–I’d never heard of it before. My curiosity is piqued!

  14. 14
    Jenny says:

    Hi Patsy,
    When you get to PHX, feel free to email me and I can give you directions to Shars Kitchen store. She’s got some great kitchen products.

    Thanks Shanda,
    I am so NOT professional around here, hope you’ll visit anytime!

    Hi Emiline,
    It is the “magic potion” powder! I love it.

    Thanks Marie!

    Thanks Steph,
    It is a great combo isn’t it.

    Hi Careymc,
    Thanks for stopping by! I’ll totally keep posting at MC, just been crazy busy this week!

    Hi Camilla,
    Maybe you can tell us what the “Ultra Gel” is all about if you look into it. I was hooked by watching a cooking demo but never spent the time to find out how it really works, its just great.

  15. 15
    PheMom says:

    Oh – that soup!!!! I am so making that as soon as possible!!

  16. 16
    RecipeGirl says:

    Oh, these both look really delicious. It’s a bit chilly & rainy in San Diego today so that soup looks just perfect!

  17. 17
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Phemom,
    I’ll trade you some for your latest chocolate treat!!

    Hi Lori,
    Soup is so great on rainy cold days!

  18. 18
    Kevin says:

    I really need to get around to trying artichokes. that spinach and artichoke soup looks really good!

  19. 19
    Hannah says:

    oh.my.yum! I am so happy you posted a link to your blog on MC cause all your food looks AMAZING!

  20. 20
    NatNibbles says:

    I LOVE atrichokes! I will be making these recipes for sure.

  21. 21
    Jaime says:

    hmmm i’ve never heard of a soup thickener like that..neat! this soup looks so creamy and delicious

  22. 22
    Janssen says:

    I made the pasta tonight – YUM! Definitely a hit.

  23. 23
    Kelsey says:

    Hi, I really want to make that soup! But the links for the leftover chicken and vegetables don’t lead anywhere anymore :(

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