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Cheesy Spinach Dip Pasta Bake

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 4

This cheesy baked pasta recipe was inspired by everyone’s favorite appetizer dip. MORE+ LESS-

Aaron Hutcherson Aaron Hutcherson
September 20, 2016

Ingredients

1
box (12 oz) penne pasta
2
boxes (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain well
2
jars (15 oz each) Alfredo sauce
1
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps

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  • 1
    Place oven rack in middle of oven; heat oven to 425°F. Cook 1 box (12 oz) penne pasta in boiling salted water as directed on box until al dente. Drain; transfer pasta to large bowl.
  • 2
    Add 2 boxes (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain well, 2 jars (15 oz each) Alfredo sauce, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and 2 cups of the shredded mozzarella cheese to pasta; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3
    Pour pasta mixture into ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over top.
  • 4
    Bake on middle oven rack about 20 minutes or until bubbly.
  • 5
    Turn oven control to broil. Leaving baking dish on middle oven rack, broil pasta bake until lightly browned on top. Cool slightly before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Chicken or shrimp would be a great addition to make the dish more filling and provide some extra protein.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1380
Calories from Fat
780
% Daily Value
Total Fat
86g
133%
Saturated Fat
51g
257%
Trans Fat
3g
Cholesterol
265mg
88%
Sodium
1900mg
79%
Potassium
640mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
100g
33%
Dietary Fiber
8g
32%
Sugars
6g
Protein
50g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
290%
290%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
110%
110%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
6 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 12 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
6 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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