Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake- SRC

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake 

I do this every year to myself. Well, a group of us do. I think we’re brilliant morons.

I think this process is like giving birth. Or at least I am going to compare it to that for this analogy. Just go along…

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This is now the 3rd year that I’ve worked on my office’s submission for the fashion show for New England’s chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). In 2011 and 2012 we won (!!) awards for our costumes. Well, now we’re that week of hell before the fashion show (Thursday night) when you want to scream because you’ve burned your fingers with hot glue for the millionth time as you make wigs- something you can just buy but really you HAVE TO make out of chair mesh fabric because, well, just because it really matters. Everyone is on edge because we have work (including deadlines) and real life to juggle as we also try to create costumes for the big day. Of course everyone is super tired and cranky so sometimes there is unnecessary drama about the dumbest stuff. duh.

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So, my point is that we experience the most annoying, stressful, painful time before the show where we want to pull our own hair out (and maybe someone else’s) but we magically forget it all in an instant once we see all of our months and months of work come to completion.

I’m assuming that this feeling is sorta like child birth. You just magically forget the shit you went through. And you do it over and over again when you have more kids because you’re either insane or… well just insane. :-P

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Either way, this week when I am not busy burning my fingers with hot glue, Price and I will be enjoying this Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake that he picked out for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. This ahhhhh-mazing recipe is from Mom’s Test Kitchen

We had condsidered a lot of Jaime’s recipes for this month’s post (including her S’mores monkey bread… yum!!) but in the end we narrowed it down to some great dinner options. Price picked this one and I am so glad he did. I’m all about trying something new that is easy and really flavorful and this Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake is just that. It took about 20 minutes for it all to come together and was really flavorful from the marinated artichokes and the 2 kinds of cheese used.

I decided to double up the recipe that Jaime posted because I knew this week would be insane so I figured I’d do myself a favor and take the time to make this once and then we could enjoy leftovers when I was too crazed to cook. I highly suggest that you do the same because it is such a great dinner option. Plus it’s perfect for a Meatless Monday dish!

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Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

For the Pasta

  • 12 ounces farfalle pasta
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and then chopped
  • 2 packages (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and then chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

For the Topping

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 8 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain.
  3. In a skillet saute the onion and garlic in the butter over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat to cool.
  4. In a very large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and Italian seasoning.
  5. Stir in the pasta and cooked onion mixture with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Transfer to the baking dish. Cover then bake for 20 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping. Sprinkle the mixture over the pasta.
  8. Return the baking dish, uncovered, to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Slightly adapted from Mom’s Test Kitchen

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28-year old New Englander. A crafty, sarcastic, shoe hoarding, iphone addict, home cook, new mom who loves to document it all in scrapbooks (and this blog)
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15 Responses to Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake- SRC

  1. sallybr says:

    Perfect looking plate of pasta! My sympathies for the hectic times, I think in a way we all go through this type of stuff – I sometimes wonder how we get to the end of the day… but life is good like that… a little shot of adrenaline is good!

    • iamahoneybee says:

      exactly! Sometimes we jsut have to power through the hectic times to enjoy the work we did that much more, plus then we REALLY enjoy the relaxing times. Can’t wait for the weekend!

  2. Lol, sounds alot like childbirth!! ;)
    I’m so glad y’all liked the recipe!! That’s one of our favorite meatless Monday dishes too!! :)

  3. turnips 2 tangerines says:

    Great recipe choice for Reveal Day!! This dish is definitely one I would love:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Oh my goodness that looks great!! I love artichoke spinach dip :) I love your fashion show posts – the Wendy from the Fast Food Mafia is definitely a fave. Can’t wait to see this year’s costumes :)

  5. shockinglydelicious says:

    Wow, does that ever look delicious! Great SRC choice!

  6. SeattleDee says:

    Mmmmm, sounds like comfort food to me! Good luck juggling all of your activities this week, and remember to have some fun.

  7. Tara says:

    Great pick! Looks like a wonderful combination of flavors!

  8. This looks SOOO yummy! I’d add some Italian sausage to make it more meatarian-husband-friendly! :)

  9. Melissa says:

    Adding pasta to spinach artichoke dip totally makes it acceptable to eat for dinner! I absolutely love this! Great pick this month :)

  10. Cole says:

    This looks delicious!! I’m always looking for meals that I can cook and stick in the freezer… any idea if this would freeze well?

  11. Lovely choice this month. These are all my favorite flavors!!

  12. oh my goodness…What a yummy choice! Can’t go wrong here!

  13. I love pasta bakes! And this is a wonderfully comforting one with all the flavors I love. What a great pick! And I know about busy – I think half the time my friends think I’m nuts for signing up for all the stuff I do at times. My husband sure does. So now I just don’t tell him until the last minute when he sees me running around the house like a madwoman :-) Hope the fashion show goes great (or went great…not sure when the show is :-)).

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