OK, so the lighting in my kitchen is just awful. There isn’t a lot of natural light, and the lights we do have are that icky yellow color that make everything look kind of dingy and old. Do not judge this dish by this photo. I’m telling you – it is delicious.
Fresh Spinach Hamburger Alfredo is a combination of all things delicious. It’s also an awesome way to sneak in some vegetables for a picky eater. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge spinach fan. It’s yummy in it’s own right, but let’s be honest, spinach just tastes better when slathered with Alfredo sauce.
This Alfredo sauce is a little different in the sense that it is “slightly” on the lighter side, and incredibly quick and easy to whip together on a weeknight.
Only a few ingredients, and no heavy cream!
Yes, we really love garlic. Don’t judge us.
Step one is to fry up your hamburger, onions, and garlic. The amount here is really dependent on how much you like. I used a pound of hamburger, one diced onion, and a teaspoon of garlic.
Set the hamburger aside and cook a container of spinach in the same pan with the remaining hamburger and onion grease for about a minute or until the spinach is wilted. Mix together with the hamburger.
While that is cooking, melt 1/2 stick of butter in a sauce pan and mix in 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour until it is creamy. Whisk in 2 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and a pinch of black pepper.
Once that is creamy and smooth mix in a 1/2 cup of italian cheese blend (make sure there is parmesan in there!) until creamy and smooth.
Pour the Alfredo sauce over the hamburger mixture and you are ready to go!
There you have it, a delicious fresh spinach Alfredo sauce in 30 minutes or less! YUM!
Side note: you can replace the fresh spinach with frozen if you are in a pinch. Just defrost first, and mix in.
Also, if you are not feeling hamburger, oven baked chicken would be another alternative!
- 8 ounces pasta of your choice
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 container fresh spinach
- 1 whole white onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta and set aside.
- In a large pan, cook hamburger, chopped onion and 1 teaspoon minced garlic until the hamburger is no longer pink.
- While the hamburger is cooking, melt the butter in a sauce pan.
- Stir in the flour, mix until smooth.
- Whisk in milk, 1 teaspoon garlic, pinch of black pepper and stir until thickened.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese until melted.
- Set hamburger aside and cook the container of fresh spinach in the hamburger and onion grease until it is wilted, about 1 minute.
- Combine spinach, hamburger, and Alfredo sauce.
- Serve over pasta.
- Hamburger can also be substituted with another meat, such as chicken