Spinach: Giada's Great Italian Takes

By: Kirsten Vala
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Penne with Spinach Sauce
Fall Fest

We're teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we'll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you're harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

In honor of the first day of fall, whip up some comforting everyday Italian dishes from Giada, featuring the earthy goodness of still-fresh spinach. As part of a cheesy topping or pasta mix-in, spinach goes from dreaded health food to savory treat.

Giada makes this spinach pasta creamy yet healthy – see her secrets!

Serve these crunchy, garlic-scented cheese and spinach-topped toasts with any pasta or a hearty Italian soup.

Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens

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Four pieces of Ciabatta Bread covered in baby spinach and Fontina Cheese on a plain square white dish

Spinach-stuffed pasta shells make any dinner feel like a special occasion.

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