Cheesy Spinach & Pasta Bake
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Cheesy Spinach & Pasta Bake

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

6
servings
15 min
PREP TIME
35 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

1 (7-ounce) package uncooked dried elbow macaroni

1/4 cup dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning  

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1 (9- to 10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Pasta sauce, if desired

 

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Sprinkle bread crumbs into buttered 3-quart casserole. Set aside.

  4. STEP 4

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

  5. STEP 5

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

Nutrition

260Calories
9Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
300Sodium (mg)
31Carbohydrates (g)
3Dietary Fiber
14Protein (g)

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  January 30, 2009

It is not tasty!

— says sanaz
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  January 18, 2009

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!

— says Jill
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