In terms of recipes I've actually tried making from the various foodie blogs I follow, Budget Bytes is on it lately with recipes that appeal to me! As you may recall, last weekend I tried her recipe for Honey Wheat Bread to great success. This weekend I gave another one of her recipes a try.
How much do you love spinach artichoke dip? I've never made it, but when I've had it at restaurants, you usually get a thimble full with four crackers or tiny toasts and they charge you $5-7. It's usually tasty enough, but super rich and I seem to recall quite salty. So Ms. Budget Bytes came up with a creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta dish that is reminiscent of spinach and artichoke dip, but it's way better, because you can eat it as a meal! Actually it makes a ton, so if you're feeding a crew, you'll have plenty. If your crew is slightly smaller or you're a crew of one making it early in the week, you'll have plenty of meals to bring to work or school.
I didn't have the white wine she used, I used lemon juice instead. The lemon juice added a subtle flavor that counterbalanced the creaminess in just the right way. I can see how the white wine would have been a nice addition. I used slightly less garlic and next time would use the full four cloves she used. I also skipped the hot sauce, because I didn't have any on hand, but did add crushed red pepper.
Overall the recipe was super simple to follow and it came together really fast. This would be a great meal to make for an impromptu dinner party - get someone to bring a salad and someone else to bring a dessert and you've got a super yummy dinner with friends!