Spinach and Artichoke Baked Whole Grain Pasta

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 45 min
Cook: 55 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen spinach
  • Salt
  • 1 pound whole wheat or whole grain penne pasta or macaroni (any short cut pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted, halved, pat dry
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
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Directions

Position the oven rack in center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Defrost the spinach in the microwave. Drain, then dry the spinach out as much as possible by wringing it out in a clean kitchen towel.

Bring a saucepot of water to a boil. Add salt. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add the shallots and garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add the artichokes and cook until they are lightly brown. Add the wine to deglaze the pan.

While the artichokes and pasta cook, in a saucepot over medium to medium-high heat, add the butter. When melted, whisk in the flour for 1 minute or so, then whisk in the milk and season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, adjust the seasonings and stir in the Gruyere cheese. Combine the sauce with the spinach, pasta, and artichoke and stir until just combined. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and cover with the remaining cheese. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal.

Bake on a baking sheet 45 minutes or until brown and bubbly on top.

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  • on August 20, 2012

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    Made this for dinner last night, made enough for my family (Me, Hubby, 5yr,1yr and a whole other pan to be reheated later this week. I added 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms to give it some extra meatiness, throw a green salad on the side and it was a hit! Love "Week in a Day" a great way to get home cooked meals on the table every night, even while working and dealing with after school activities.

    Side note: for 8 servings, 1 serving is 505 cal.

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  • on January 16, 2012

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    This is better than scarfing down chips and the dip...better for you, and even tastes better!!! I've already recommended it to many friends. Bonus: Hubby loves it too!

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  • on August 21, 2011

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    Very easy to make. Great make ahead meal and a good way to get some greens into the little ones!!

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