Fusilli with Creamed Leek and Spinach

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3/4 pound fusilli
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach (4 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the fusilli until al dente, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the cream and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add the cooked fusilli to the skillet and toss over moderately low heat until coated with the leek sauce, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, add the chopped basil and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the fusilli into bowls and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Luscious, aromatic Chardonnay from Italy's Friuli region.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published January 2010

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