Baked Penne and Cheese with Spinach

Recipe by Vina7737

A wonderfully tasty comfort food that has its "company's coming" clothes on. The spinach also boosts the nutrition, making it a complete meal.

Top Review by Mitomopa

Very good and easy to put together. My husband wasn't crazy about the mushrooms and I didn't feel that they contributed to the taste all that much so I probably won't add them the next time I make this.
Thanks Vina for posting!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until it is very al dente.
  2. (You want it slightly undercooked.) Drain well and toss with a drizzle of oil to prevent it sticking.
  3. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat; add onion and mushrooms, and saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with flour and stir until the flour is incorporated.
  5. Slowly stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, for five to seven minutes.
  6. Add 1 1/2 cup of the cheese, salt to taste, cream, pepper, and nutmeg.
  7. Cook and stir until the cheese melts.
  8. In a large bowl, mix together the pasta and uncooked spinach leaves.
  9. Pour the hot sauce over and mix well.
  10. Spoon into a buttered casserole large enough to hold or into a buttered 9x13 baking pan.
  11. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar, cover with lid or foil.
  12. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, removing the lid/foil for the last 10 minutes.

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