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    Baked Penne and Cheese with Spinach

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    1 hr

    20 mins

    40 mins

    Vina's Note:

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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 02, 2011


      Very good and easy to put together. My husband wasn't crazy about the mushrooms and I didn't feel that they contributed to the taste all that much so I probably won't add them the next time I make this.
      Thanks Vina for posting!

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    • on July 18, 2008


      This is so easy and oh so good!! Did use more mushroom and used low-fat milk instead of cream. Made for a quick dinner! Thanks Vina! :)

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    • on January 11, 2008


      This was very good. I served this with lamb chops. I omitted the nutmeg because of personal taste and it came out great. I also cut the recipe in half and it still made a lot! Very good and different and I LOVE spinach!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Penne and Cheese with Spinach

    Serving Size: 1 (209 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 469.7
    Calories from Fat 250
    Total Fat 27.7 g
    Saturated Fat 16.9 g
    Cholesterol 86.6 mg
    Sodium 287.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 42.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 15.6 g

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