Sunday, October 5, 2008

Spinach Pesto Pasta and Cheese

This was a thrown together, last minute attempt at a one-dish meal that came out much better than I expected. I will definitely be making this one again.

10 oz frozen spinach
2 1/2 cups assorted shredded cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 lb pasta
1/4 cup prepared pesto

- Boil pasta according to package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking defrost your spinach and blend it (blender, food processor or magic bullet) with the milk until it is as creamy as your blender is going to get it.
- In a small sauce pan combine the spinach-milk mixture, the pesto and the cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the cheese is melted.
- Grease the bottom of whatever casserole dish you typically use.
- Drain the pasta and put it in the casserole dish.
- Pour the spinach cheese sauce over the pasta and lightly toss.
- Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Submitted by Amy


  1. Sounds great! I love adding a bit of grilled chicken to stuff like this, too. Gives it that extra protein.

    I like how the spinach is pretty undetectable. No one here likes spinach but me. Go figure!

  2. Did you know that you can toss a handful of fresh baby spinach into a smoothie and it's absolutely undetectable? The only thing that you notice is that the smoothie is green, which for kids? Lots of fun.

    Totally awesome way to sneak in some good nutrients.

    Just call us the spinach sneakers

  3. Can not wait to try this one :)

  4. This was a HUGE winner in my house I added some chicken and a half cup more cheese and it was gobbled up (with plenty of leftovers). My son, Aedan, would not touch it but I don't think it had anything to do with the food, he has not eaten a dinner I have cooked in over a week.

  5. I made this last night with peas instead of spinach and cubed, baked chicken it was AWESOME! Aedan actually ate it this time too :) A big bonus.


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