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what noodles work best for this recipe?
If you don’t have rigatoni pasta, don’t stress. Really any shape and size of pasta will work for this recipe. I recommend the short and chubby noodles for the best and easiest way to eat.
I have made this recipe using bowtie, macaroni, fusilli, and even a gnocchi pasta, with this recipe.
I have never tried using a spaghetti or angel hair pasta for this, but I am sure it would work and still taste amazing. Noodles are noodles, some are just a little easier to stab with a fork, than others.
could I use fresh spinach for this recipe instead of frozen?
You could most definitely use fresh spinach for this recipe. However the texture of them will be quite different.
You can have a similar texture, using fresh spinach, if you saute them for about 6 minutes with a little olive oil over medium high heat.
I wouldn’t use much olive oil, maybe just spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray, or add about 1/2 teaspoon of oil to it. the spinach will wilt, and make it easier to chew, when you put it in the pasta.
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