Cheesy Spinach & Pasta Bake

Cheesy Spinach & Pasta Bake
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3 Reviews
Pasta bake with spinach -- a tasty new twist for macaroni and cheese.
15 min
Prep Time
35 min
Total Time
6 servings

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.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle bread crumbs into buttered 3-quart casserole. Set aside.
  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. Spoon into prepared casserole, pressing gently. Bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Serve spaghetti sauce over baked pasta, if desired.

Recipe Tips

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

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

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

It is not tasty!

Rating

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!

Rating

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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