Being that this whole blog thing is still new to me, I feel that I am still trying to figure things out to make it perfect. With that said, I should have posted the recipe for the artichoke/spinach dip. I came up with this recipe last year during the Superbowl when my husband, Earl, asked for snacks at halftime. I wasn’t really prepared for snacks so I raided my well stocked pantry. Luckily, I had enough ingredients on hand to make a decent dip. So football fans will appreciate the name I gave my dip…”Hail Mary Artichoke/Spinach Dip”.
- 7.5 oz jar of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 10 oz spinach, cooked, drained and chopped
- 6 oz cream cheese
- ¼ ricotta cheese
- ½ cup asiago cheese
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp garlic
- Mix ingredients until everything is well incorporated.
- Place in an 8 x 8 ceramic dish
- Bake at 350 until bubbly about 15 minutes.
I looked at the dish of leftover dip yesterday and was really trying to be creative. I had a hard time not just plopping on the couch with a bag of Bugles and digging in. I acquiesced and went back to my original thought of pasta. It was a true miracle how I came to my dish of artichoke/spinach stuffed lasagna noodles. Okay, it wasn’t a miracle but it was pretty exciting when the box of lasagna noodles fell out of the pantry as I was digging around for ingredients and inspiration. I felt it was a sign from the pasta gods.
The recipe (if you can call it that) was simple. I cooked the pasta and spread the dip on it and rolled it up and placed it in a small ceramic dish. I always have homemade spaghetti sauce in the freezer so I thawed it out and poured it over the noodles. Topped with a little mozzarella and parm, baked at 350 for 30 minutes and I had dinner.
It was pretty tasty. The creaminess of the dip made it a rich but it wasn’t heavy. The red pepper in the dip may have been a little strong but I like spice so it worked for me. My husband, on the other hand, had to drink a big glass of milk to cool his mouth.
I, by no means, consider this a “foodie” dish but it was a great way to use up some things I already had in the house. Thanks for everyone’s support on this blog. I am having fun and hope to keep making it better with each attempt!