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I picked this recipe off a pasta box and served it as first course at a New Year party where it was very popular. It's very easy to prepare, but the simplicity is deceptive, it's delicious. The pasta in the original recipe was pizzoccheri, but I also used it with a bag of "normal" mixed short pasta. The hot pasta will melt the cheese.
- Add the cubed potatoes and cabbage/spinach to a pot of boiling salted water. Boil for 5 minutes then add the pasta and boil for 12 more minutes.
- In the meantime, melt the butter then add the garlic and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and pasta, then into a large bowl start adding layers of potato+cabbage/spinach+pasta, and cheddar and parmesan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Finally, pour the melted butter over the dish. Serve while hot.