Monday, June 20, 2011

Pasta and Spinach Bake

This was fast and delicious. I only had small pasta shells on hand so that's what I used but these would be wonderful with a penne or rigatoni. Since I used a ground meat substitute I was able to cut down on time, effort and pans for this dish.

  • 1 package LightLife Smart Ground
  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Italian seasoing
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 bag baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 bag Diaya mozzarella shreds

Add onion, garlic, Smart Ground, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, chopped tomatoes and spaghetti sauce  to a large pan and stir well until mixture begins to boil. Turn heat to low.

Add chopped spinach and stir frequently until spinach wilts.

Let sauce simmer on low while you cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain, add back to hot pot and add 1/2 of the cheese.

Mix the pasta with sauce in a large bowl or one of your pans.

Pour mixture into a large (or two smaller) baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes so all the flavors marry and the cheese melts.

Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Add a tossed salad, garlic bread and your favorite vino for a perfect dinner.


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