Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes

Doesn't this sound creamy and good? I think it will make a nice quick meal for a busy day and it includes some of my favorite foods..spinach, artichokes,cheese, pasta... how easy is that?? I may add some sauteed peppers and/or garlic... or whatever veggie lurks in the refrig.. maybe even zucchini. You've got the basics, now make it your own!
Cheesy Baked Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes
8 ounces rigatoni or some other short pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, rinsed and quartered
1 (9-ounce) package frozen creamed spinach, thawed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
2 tablespoons cream cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella (8 ounces)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot.

Add oil, artichoke hearts, spinach, Parmesan, cream cheese and 1 cup mozzarella to the pasta and toss to combine.

Heat broiler. Transfer the pasta mixture to a shallow 2-quart (or 8-inch square) broiler-proof baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of mozzarella.

Broil until the cheese is browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes.

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