Who doesn’t love a big bowl full of ooey-gooey, cheesy, delicious pasta loaded with spinach, artichokes, and mushrooms? And it’s even better that not only is it reasonably low in calories, but also a sneaky way to get your toddler to eat some veggies!
This recipe is also fairly quick, making it a good choice for weeknights, while being fancy-seeming enough for guests. The original recipe serves four, but it could easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd. Add a green salad and dessert and you can entertain with the best of them!
So how can you get your hands on some of this deliciousness? Here’s the recipe for my wonderful Cheesy Baked Pasta.
-8 ounces short, tubular pasta (like rigatoni)
-8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-10 ounces (1 box) frozen creamed spinach, thawed (We use Green Giant)
-1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
-1 ounce shredded Parmesan
-8 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided
1) Preheat oven to 350. Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
2) Meanwhile, sauté your mushrooms in olive oil until nice and brown and tender.
3) In a big bowl, mix your pasta, mushrooms, creamed spinach, artichokes, parmesan, and half of the mozzarella. Pour into a shallow casserole dish, about 9 x 9 or so. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top.
4) Bake covered with foil for 15 minutes. Then uncover and bake at least 5 more minutes, until cheese is thoroughly melted and casserole is heated through.
NOTES: You have to remember to thaw your spinach in the fridge overnight, or you’ll be scrambling to thaw it in the sink while your pasta cooks. Plan ahead. And DB likes his portion brown and crusty on top, so I dish out LB’s and then put it all back in the oven for at least another 15 minutes. Alternatively, you could broil it for a few minutes, but our broiler has never worked right and we avoid it like the plague.
According to MyFitnessPal, a serving only has 486 calories, provided you use 2% mozzarella. Not bad for a heaping helping of tasty, cheesy pasta! Give it a try and see if you can’t sneak some veggies in your little one. I bet it works, since the Littlest Brewster inhales this and asks for seconds. As a matter of fact, so do I. 🙂