Baked Penne and Cheese with Spinach

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Total Time
20 mins
40 mins

A wonderfully tasty comfort food that has its "company's coming" clothes on. The spinach also boosts the nutrition, making it a complete meal.

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  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until it is very al dente.
  2. (You want it slightly undercooked.) Drain well and toss with a drizzle of oil to prevent it sticking.
  3. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat; add onion and mushrooms, and saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with flour and stir until the flour is incorporated.
  5. Slowly stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, for five to seven minutes.
  6. Add 1 1/2 cup of the cheese, salt to taste, cream, pepper, and nutmeg.
  7. Cook and stir until the cheese melts.
  8. In a large bowl, mix together the pasta and uncooked spinach leaves.
  9. Pour the hot sauce over and mix well.
  10. Spoon into a buttered casserole large enough to hold or into a buttered 9x13 baking pan.
  11. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar, cover with lid or foil.
  12. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, removing the lid/foil for the last 10 minutes.