Cheesy Spinach And Pasta Bake

Cheesy Spinach And Pasta Bake

Pasta bake with spinach -- a tasty new twist for macaroni and cheese.

15 min.prep time 35 min.total time
6 servings
343 Ratings

Ingredients

1 (7-ounce) package uncooked dried elbow macaroni
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning*
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1 (9 to 10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
4 ounces (1 cup) deli LAND O LAKES® Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Spaghetti sauce, if desired

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Set aside.



Meanwhile, sprinkle bread crumbs into buttered 3-quart casserole. Set aside.



Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; stir in onion, Italian seasoning, pepper and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until onion is softened (2 to 3 minutes). Stir in spinach. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until spinach is heated through (2 to 4 minutes). Stir in cooked macaroni and all remaining ingredients except spaghetti sauce.



Spoon into prepared casserole, pressing gently. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Serve spaghetti sauce over baked pasta, if desired.



*Substitute 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil leaves, dried marjoram leaves and dried oregano leaves, and 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 260

Fat: 9g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 300mg

Carbohydrates: 31g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 14g

Recipe #7815B©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

It is not tasty!
This is the very first Land o Lakes recipes that hasn't rated five stars - I really feel bad about that. The flavor was great and I really liked the idea. However, it was not very cheesy. Granted, I ate it plain and did not use the spaghetti sauce. That might have made it more moist.

I really wanted to like this one!
My family and I loved this recipe! It was really easy to make, and it is indeed a great alternative to traditional mac and cheese.

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