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Cheesy Spinach Dip Pasta Bake

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 50 min total time
  • 6 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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This cheesy baked pasta recipe was inspired by everyone’s favorite appetizer dip.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1143.5
% Daily Value
Total Fat
61.7g
95%
Saturated Fat
13.3g
67%
Cholesterol
135.2mg
45%
Sodium
3486.0mg
145%
Total Carbohydrate
98.9g
33%
Dietary Fiber
14.4g
58%
Sugars
10.2g
Protein
49.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
67%
67%
Calcium
112.70%
113%
Iron
28.10%
28%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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