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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!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  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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