Thursday in the Kitchen

Sunday was another rainy day here and I felt the need for comfort food. Since Meghan is a vegetarian I thought it would be nice if I made something that we could all enjoy! ( and frankly I get tired of cooking 2 meals every night!) I found this great recipe on 101 Cookbooks – Baked Pasta Casserole. I didn’t get a photo but there is a great one on 101 Cookbooks

Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe

I use whole wheat shells here, but feel free to experiment with other short pasta. If you are in a pinch for time forget the baking all together and just toss the cooked pasta with the spinach skillet, and sprinkle with the mozzarella before serving.

extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound whole wheat pasta shells
sea salt
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups well-chopped fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds, lightly toasted
zest of 2 lemons
8 ounces mozzerella, shredded or torn into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter/oil a large casserole dish or baking pan – something roughly equivalent to 13×9-inch pan.

Boil the pasta in salted water per package instructions. Drain pasta, toss with a glug of olive oil. Set aside.

In the meantime, heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Saute the onions with a couple pinches of salt for a few minutes (or if you want a bit more depth of flavor until caramelized). Stir in garlic. Stir in spinach. Cook for just about 20 seconds, until the spinach collapses a bit. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the almonds and 1/2 of the zest. Add to pasta and stir and stir – mixing extremely well, a minute or so.

Now sprinkle the bottom of baking dish with the rest of the zest. Add a layer of the pasta to the bottom of the baking pan, now sprinkle with some of the cheese, add more pasta, then more cheese. Finish with a layer of cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese on top is bubbly and melty. Serve sprinkled with the remaining almonds.

Serves 8.

And while you are cooking ..enjoy looking at these great Etsy Finds for the Kitchen

Kitchen Tool Graphic Wall Decal – TextStyle

Plenty of Pots – Sea Spray Blue

Lee Lee’s Sweet Ice Tea- FLY Young Studio

Let me know if you try out the recipe and you like it!

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3 Responses

  1. well heck. that recipe sounds good to even simple boring me! i might just try it…

  2. […] and special thanks to Sara, a fellow etsy seller, who discovered my new store, and highlighted it on her […]

  3. Just thought I’d drop by and let you know that in honor of my Blog-A-Versary, I’m giving away a print of Lee Lee’s Sweet Tea! Have a fabulous Sunday!

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