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Baked Penne With Spinach

by Erika Nicole Kendall

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 cups of crushed tomatoes
1 28-ounce jar of whole tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
kosher salt and black pepper
12 ounces penne (3/4 box)
1 5-ounce package baby spinach
8 ounces mozzarella, grated (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (about 1/2 ounce)
green salad, for serving

Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes.

Cut up the whole tomatoes in the can with scissors or crush by hand. Add to the saucepan with the vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Cook the penne for half the package directions’ recommended time.
Add the spinach to the sauce and cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Add the drained pasta and toss to combine.
Place half the pasta mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish and sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella. Top with the remaining pasta and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella and Parmesan.
Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until bubbling and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with the salad (if desired).

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Nia February 14, 2011 - 3:45 PM

This is so yummy!! I made it last night and I’m having it for lunch today. The flavor is so good. I added seasoned ground turkey and I’m having it with a side salad and two apple butter flax seed cookies. Healthy, filling and satisfying. That’s what’s up!

Nan February 2, 2014 - 7:39 PM

I just made this for the second time and it was so good. I added a layer of Ricotta, spicy turkey sausage and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb and Italian Seasoning blends. Yum!

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