This was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I made the biggest pasta bake and it was so delicious that I really didn’t mind having it for dinner three nights in a row. You know what that means? That means I didn’t have to cook at all two nights this week. That’s a big deal. Not that cooking is a huge hardship but it’s nice to know that there is a well rounded homemade meal waiting for you when you get home and all you have to do is heat it up.
Another great thing about this recipe is how healthy it is. There is cheese and a little bread crumb topping but as a whole there’s a whole lot of goodness in this dish. If you aren’t up for eating the same thing a couple nights in a row then you can always cut this recipe in half. This recipe is also very flexible; you can alter the recipe for whatever you have on hand. You could add peppers, zucchinis, kale, whatever you like.
- 1 bunch of spinach, cut into ribbons
- 1 box of rotini noodles cooked to package directions (or bowtie, penne, macaroni, etc.)
- 3 cups cooked, shredded turkey (or chicken – I had leftover turkey in my freezer from Christmas)
- 1 whole bulb garlic – peel and chop the cloves
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/2 large white onion, diced
- 2/3 cup parmesan
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Add oil and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 15 minutes or until the onions are soft and slightly brown. Add spinach and cook for 5 minutes more. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mix pasta, spinach mixture, turkey, spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning, tomato, and parmesan.
- Melt the butter and mix in the breadcrumbs.
- Heat oven to 375°. Fill a baking dish with pasta mixture. Crumble the feta cheese on top and then sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of that.
- Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take the tin foil off and bake for another bake 10 minutes.
And that’s all there is to it. It’s pretty easy for a quick casserole and it goes a long way. Let me know what you think!