Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
If you are a spinach lover, then here is a great-tasting side dish, pasta, cheese and spinach baked all in one casserole...very yummy! prep time does not include boiling the pasta or the spinach
- 1 lb rigatoni pasta
- 1 1⁄2 lbs fresh spinach, stems removed (2 bunches)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ricotta cheese
- 1 1⁄4 cups sour cream
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
- salt and pepper
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter a 4-quart baking dish.
- Cook pasta in boiling water, until firm-tender; drain.
- Place the cooked pasta in the casserole dish.
- In a large pot of boiling water BLANCH the spinach (don't overcook!); cool, squeeze out excess liquid, then roughly chop the spinach.
- In a bowl combine spinach, ricotta, sour cream, eggs, Parmesan cheese, dill, pepper and salt.
- Spoon mixture over the pasta in the casserole dish; toss lightly to combine.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving Cut in wedges-- enjoy!
We used 2/3 cup fresh basil and 1/4 cup parsley instead of the dill. We also added about 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes. Good comfort food.
Take 2: Tonight, we made it with the dill and then added sauteed mushrooms, garlic, and a can of water-packed tuna. Delish! It would have been even better if we had added sauteed onions, as well.
I have made this twice and I think the second time came out better. :-) I used two packages of frozen chopped spinach, the whole container of ricotta (2 lbs), the whole container of sour cream (16 oz), used 2 tsp basil and 1 tsp Italian seasoning instead of the dill, added two drained cans of diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, put in a layer of sliced Italian sausage, and topped it with shredded mozzerella. This recipe is going to be a standard for my friends who are new moms--it is a complete meal in one and makes enough so that they get half and we keep half! As a side note, I don't know how this is 4 servings per recipe--I think it is more like 8 dinner-sized servings as written, 12 with my additions!
This was excellent. The only thing different I did was use drained canned spinach. Thanks