Spin Dip Pasta

My head is on over drive for the blog.  Here’s the To-Do list:

  • A handful of product review ops came to my inbox.  YAY!  So there will be some great new products I’m trying first hand to share with soon.  I’m really excited.  I said yes because they are products worth trying, not for goods/money.  That’s secondary to “is this right for me and my readers?”
  • I’m putting together the AZ meet up for Online BlogCon.  Remind me why I’m this crazy.  😉  
  • I have a Graco sponsored event to attend later this month.  
  • I’m putting together a surprise for next month (you’re gonna love it!!) and coordinating co-hosts.
  • I’m co-hosting Must Try Monday over at My Favorite Finds one week this month and helping with a giveaway for Carrie.
  • I have a Fisher-Price giveaway starting tomorrow.  COME BACK TOMORROW!
  • I’m trying to figure out a Halloween costume.  Okay, this isn’t for the blog, but it’s consuming brain power.  Help!?!?
  • There’s another giveaway to put together for next week.
  • We’re looking for a new rental house.  Again not blog related, but necessarily and emotionally draining when the house you want is gone the next day.
O-V-E-R-D-R-I-V-E.   I had promised myself I’d chill out on the blog a bit after the June/July madness {good madness, just A LOT going on}.  The really cool thing about all this that people are approaching me now.  When did that happen?  Like not just stuff from the affiliate sites, and media groups I’m with.  Companies emailing me.  Wow.
Spin Dip Pasta 3

I’ve been dreaming of this pasta for a few months now.  I finally got off my butt and made it.  I’m so so so happy I did.  It’s totally delicious.  The lemon gives these little bright pops of happiness and mellows out the richness.  Mike’s reaction to this pasta: “Holy f%*#balls your cooking is amazing!”  That’s how you know it’s good.

Spin Dip Pasta 1
One Year Ago: Buggy Birthday Party

Spin Dip Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Adapted from Budget Savvy Diva


  • 16 ounces medium shells or other short pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 10 ounces spinach thawed and squeezed to drain excess moisture.
  • 13.5 ounce can artichoke hearts drained, rinsed, and chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and drain pasta; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan, lemon juice, lemon zest, onion powder and garlic. Mix to combine. Add pasta a mix to coat pasta.
  4. Stir in spinach, artichokes, pasta water, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup mozzarella.
  5. Place mixture into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish and top with remaining mozzarella.
  6. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until top is golden brown.


Spin Dip Pasta 2

I served the pasta along side of a chicken breast topped with some Parmesan, lemon zest and a little squeeze of lemon juice.


  1. says

    So here I am skipping a week of blogging (just because) and you are into all this stuff. Boy do I feel like a slacker. A slacker who wants to stuff her face full of this pasta. Love that hint of lemon. Thanks for linking!

  2. says

    Yum yum! I have pinned this for future reference and will be featuring it on my blog this weekend! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!


  3. says

    Oh wow, that sounds absolutely fabulous! Can't wait to try it. And I totally feel you on the being on overdrive; I'm trying to get the blog ready for being out of town for a couple of days for a wedding, so besides blog planning there's all the bridesmaid stuff too. It's a bit crazy, but I'm sure you'll get it figured out! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

  4. says

    I love Mikes reaction! It's so nice when they really LOVE a dish. This looks amazing and I've already Pinned it and printed it. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  5. says

    I'm going to make this tonight! I'm going to use some fresh spinach I have in hand and I'm adding some chicken that we grilled the other day. I can't wait to try it!

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