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Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Recipe

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spinach artichoke pasta
spinach artichoke pasta

Hey guys! I made something for dinner and it was good! Ben even liked it. He’s the usual cook around here and isn’t always impressed by stuff I make. I guess you could say I’m the baker of the family, but still I soldier on trying to cobble together dinner once a week.

cheesy spinach and artichoke pastaRecipe: Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

Yes, it’s toddler friendly and very easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 1-pound box rigatoni
  • 1 or 2 9- or 11-ounce packages frozen creamed spinach, thawed (I like lots of this)
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts (ideally small size), cut in half or quarters lengthwise and then sliced (approximately 4 or 5 slices per half) (like tomatoes, I find artichoke hearts easier to cut with a serrated knife)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Cook the pasta as directed on the package. While the pasta is cooking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees, slice the artichoke hearts, and grate the Parmesan (and the mozzarella if you didn’t buy shredded mozzarella). When the pasta is done, drain and return it to the pot. Add the spinach, artichoke hearts, Parmesan, 2 cups of mozzarella, milk, and salt and pepper, and mix very well, making sure the spinach especially is evenly distributed. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Put the mixture in a 9×13 pan and sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup mozzarella over the top. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil for a few minutes until the top is nice and brown.

Adapted from Real Simple, Cheesy Baked Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes.

And yes, the toddler did eat, well, some — he’s not a big dinner eater these days. I say this is toddler friendly because it contains green vegetables (which often aren’t a favorite) in a relatively inoffensive manner and is pretty tidy as far as pasta goes. Enjoy!

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Written by Tracy

February 14th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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