Friday, August 16, 2013

Spinach Pasta Bake

A vegetarian one dish meal of pasta and tomato sauce, with spinach and garbanzo beans, baked with mozzarella.

Another one dish meal while I'm a single lady.  For this pasta bake I just used things I already had in the pantry and freezer.  I made a Simple Pasta Sauce and I added garbanzo beans (that I cooked a couple weeks ago and froze in 1 cup portions) and frozen spinach.  I also had some mozzarella in my freezer and of course pasta in the pantry.  Garnished with a sprig of fresh oregano, which I grow in my garden (a few potted plants outside on my lanai), this made an easy, delicious, and filling dinner.


Simple Pasta Sauce (with spinach and garbanzo beans) or sauce of your choice
1 pound pasta, any variety should work
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
fresh oregano or basil for garnish

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente and drain.

Put drained pasta back in the empty pot and add the pasta sauce and half of the cheese.  Stir to combine and dump into a casserole dish.

Top with remaining cheese and bake, in a preheated oven, at 350F for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before serving.  Garnish with fresh oregano or basil.  Makes 5-6 servings.


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