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Cheesy Pasta and Spinach Casserole

March 23, 2017

Cheesy Pasta and Spinach Casserole

1 lb pasta, shells, twists, angel hair…your favorite
1 lb fresh baby spinach leaves or 10 oz frozen, thawed
6 Tbsp butter
6 Tbsp flour
3 cups milk or cream
1/2 tsp dried leaf basil or 2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tsp salt
pepper, to taste
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 cups soft bread crumbs
4 Tbsp melted butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 9×13 baking dish.

Cook pasta according to directions; drain; set aside.

Over medium low heat, in large saucepan, heat butter. Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly. Add cream; continue cooking, stirring, until nice and thick. Add basil, salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in the spinach, until wilted if using fresh; stir in cooked drained pasta. Stir in cheeses until well blended.

Spoon the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Mix together bread crumbs and melted butter until crumbly; sprinkle over pasta mixture.

Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until nicely browned and hot. Serves 6.

Variations:
use 2 cups tomato sauce and 1 cup cream
add 1/4 tsp garlic powder.
Add cubed cooked chicken
Top with extra cheese or croutons in place of bread crumbs.

Make your own family favorite today.

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Posted by The Deedol Collection….aka Granny’s Favorites Cookbooks

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