I am a one-dish dinner lover. To put it mildly, I have no food imagination—at least none that’s ever been discovered! And, to be quite honest, making dinner is more of a chore for me than something I enjoy. I love to eat—don’t get me wrong! I just don’t really love to cook.
So… when you catch recipes on my blog, they are probably pretty straightforward and have very few ingredients. The one I’m going to share with you today is no exception. It’s a casserole based off one on my favorite things in the world: SPINACH DIP!
I ran across this recipe over at Pillsbury.com. It’s a great everyday-Joe recipe website if you’re an everyday-Joe kind of cook like me. (I am in no way affiliated with Pillsbury. I just love their website! They even have a great sign-up option where they’ll send you recipes all the time through email that I now love.)
Pillsbury’s recipe is called Cheesy Spinach Dip Pasta Bake, and you can find the actual recipe here.
Now I will tell you that the first time I made the entire recipe, it was a bit pricey to me and made more than the four servings noted. I also used an entire 16-ounce box of penne noodles since the ones I buy don’t come in 12-ounce boxes. It worked fine. And, like I said, it easily served four with leftovers.
As such, this time I cut the recipe in half and used a smaller baking dish (8 x 8). It looks and is a bit drier than the original recipe, but it still tastes great. This would be a great option for couples or singles.
I skipped the broiling stage since my oven cooks hot and we don’t like things too browned. I also left out the crushed red pepper since my kids are not spicy people. My husband and I sprinkled some on top, and it seemed to work just as well. We actually enjoyed being able to control how much was in there, too.
The recipe itself is pretty straightforward. The only thing that may confuse someone is drying out the chopped spinach. I thaw mine and then take small handfuls, squeeze it over the sink, and then wrap it in paper towels and squeeze it until no more water drips from the paper towel. Then you simply take it out of the paper towel and break it up in the dish.
With the larger casserole from the site’s recipe, I mixed the sauce, spinach and cheese in the 13 x 9 pan and then folded in the cooked pasta. (Yes, I am always looking for ways not to dirty extra dishes since washing dishes is my least favorite job of all.) With the half-recipe I tried this time, it didn’t work well. I had to use a separate dish.
Anyway, we absolutely love this dish, and I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone. I hope that you’ll give it a try, too.
Again, I am in no way affiliated with Pillsbury. I just love their recipe and thought you would, too. Go over to their website and grab it!