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Mostaccioli Spinach Bake

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“From Cooking Light. I've upped the fat a little by using real butter, the recipe originally called for reduced-calorie stick margarine, so you can go that way if you prefer. If you can't find mostaccioli, any tubular pasta will do, like a penne. I can find mostaccioli easier than I can spell it. I usually melt the bit of butter at the end for making the topping; your choice, you can cut it in. Hope you enjoy!”
READY IN:
1hr
SERVES:
6
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US

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, set aside.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour, cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook 4 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup of cheese, Italian seasoning, and pepper; remove from heat.
  4. Combine pasta, cheese sauce, 1 cup parmesan cheese, tomatoes, and spinach in a large bowl; stir well. Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  5. Combine breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons cheese, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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