Some pasta with your cheese?

Do you guys subscribe to recipe websites? I get daily emails from Real Simple, Cooking Light, and More often than not, I’ll take a look at the emailed recipe and send it to my trash folder. But sometimes they come up with a doozy and I immediately bookmark it, print it out, and add the ingredients to my shopping list. This dish was one of those doozies.

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes
Ahhhhh!!! Let the Heavens siiiinnnngg!!! Ahhhhhh!!!


The lighting in my kitchen is all weird.

Oh. YES.  Now, Real Simple titled the subject of this email recipe “One Recipe to Rule Them All”.  Now I don’t know about that, but this was hella good. (Yes. I just used the word “hella”.)  Pasta, spinach, artichokes and cheese?  Yes please!!  And I’m a girl who likes food a little on the crispy side, so the broiled parts on top?  Were my favorite.


Mmmm. Cheesy pasta deliciousness.

Gooey, deliciously cheesy pasta.  And you can fool yourself into thinking it’s kind of healthy, because of the spinach!!  Well, at least that’s what I did!  Dave thought this was so good, he almost went back for not just seconds, but thirds.  If that’s not a sign that the recipe is a keeper, I don’t know what is.

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes
Recipe – from Real Simple

– 8 ounces mezzi rigatoni or some other short pasta (1/2 box) (I used penne… its what we had in the house)
– 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, rinsed and quartered
– 1 9-ounce package frozen creamed spinach, thawed
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
– 2 cups grated mozzarella (8 ounces)
– black pepper

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot.
2. Add the artichoke hearts, spinach, Parmesan, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.
3. Heat broiler. Transfer the pasta mixture to a shallow 2-quart (or 8-inch square) broilerproof baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of mozzarella.
4. Broil until the cheese is browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes.




  2. I wonder if I could replace the artichokes with something not as gross.
    I think I will be trying this sometime in the future, much to my husband’s chagrin.
    For some reason he’s anti- mac and cheese that isn’t Kraft.

  3. I just bookmarked this. Heaven.

  4. This looks SO GOOD. I’m definitely gonna try it!

  5. This looks AMAZING. Thanks for sharing, Lacey!

  6. I am also one of those recipe from inbox to trash collectors but looks like you picked a winner!

  7. I LOVE simple recipes so I will definitely have to try this one out. Thanks!

  8. easy and cheesy? that’s a win!

  9. This looks divine. I WANT TO GO TO THERE.

  10. That looks….amazing. Also amazingly, I don’t get emails for those sites and I visit them regularly! I need to get on that. Especially for Cooking Light!

  11. Sweet mother of mystery does that look delicious – anything cheesy + pasta + veggies and I am absolutely sold!


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