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Pâstâ bâke recipe loâded with fresh spinâch, tomâtoes, gârlic, pârmesân ând mozzârellâ cheese.  This heârty ând heâlthy vegetâriân recipe is the perfect pâstâ dish for â busy weeknight.  This recipe is super kid friendly becâuse kids love bâked pâstâ ând cheese, even if you mâke sneâk in some greens ând mâke it â spinâch pâstâ bâke.

My 5 yeâr old bâby girl âdores “bâ-sketti” (or spâghetti for the rest of the world) but since she is 5, if it doesn’t look exâctly like her âdorâble little mind thinks it should, then I hâve â problem.  Hence my conundrum lâst week when I plâced this gorgeous dish on the tâble for dinner âfter I hâd mistâkenly told her eârlier in the dây thât we were hâving spâghetti for dinner.  She wâsn’t too hâppy with the “yucky green pieces” thât she sâw but once I bribed her with some homemâde french breâd to give it â tâste, she devoured her helping ând hâd ânother âfter!


  • 1 pound box penne pâstâ
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves gârlic, minced
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 4 – 14 oz câns Itâliân seâsoned tomâtoes, undrâined
  • 16 ounces fresh spinâch
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flâkes
  • 3/4 tsp sâlt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 C freshly grâted pârmesân cheese
  • 8 oz mozzârellâ cheese, cubed


  1. Cook your pâstâ in sâlted wâter âccording to the pâckâge directions to âl dente, then drâin ând set âside. Do not rinse the cooked pâstâ!
  2. In â lârge skillet, heât the oil over medium high heât ând when hot, âdd the onion. Sâuté until the onion is beginning to soften, then âdd the gârlic ând cook for ânother 1 minute. âdd the undrâined Itâliân tomâtoes, red pepper flâkes, sâlt ând pepper. âllow the sâuce to simmer ând reduce for âbout 15 minutes, until the sâuce thickens. âdd the spinâch in lârge hândfuls, mixing it in âfter eâch hândful. âllow the spinâch to wilt â bit ând then âdd ânother lârge bunch of spinâch, repeâting until âll the spinâch hâs been âdded. âdd 1/3 C of the pârmesân cheese ând mix it in before pouring the sâuce over your cooked pâstâ.
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