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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Four Cheese Spinach Bake and A Winner


First, we've got a winner!! A week ago I announced a giveaway for the 1-year birthday of B + B. I got some interesting and diverse responses to what you favorite dishes are. It was nice to read a variety of tastes.  Thank you to everyone who entered. I was going to do it the old fashioned way by pulling a name out a bowl, but things happened in the last couple days that prevented it. So I used my back up via random.org.

And the winner of the really cool sushi book and kit is....................................




ValleyWriter from Adventures in the Pioneer Valley!!!!!!! 

Email me your address (jenn@jenniferrazon.com) and I'll get this fab prize your way. Congrats!!!

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Now, onto today's dish. I still had that second Bertolli sauce to try out courtesy of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program and Bertolli. The Four Cheese Rosa. It tastes much like an alfredo sauce with a hint of tomato. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It a nice creamy texture and smooth at the same time. I cooked this up with some pasta. And I remember that I had some frozen spinach left in the freezer that I need to use up.

The pasta I used for this are some small shells. I find that they scoop the sauce really well. Mix in the spinach and well as the sauce. Topped it with some shredded cheese that I mixed with some panko crumbs to give it that nice cheesy and crunchy crust. Simple weeknight meal.

Serves 4-6


Four Cheese Spinach Bake

2-3 c uncooked pasta
1 c leafed spinach - from frozen (defrosted and squeezed of water)
1 jar Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa
1 tbsp garlic powder
pepper to taste
2 c panko crumbs
1 c grated parmesan cheese


Preheat your oven to 375˚F

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, season the water with salt and a small drizzle of olive oil. Drop in the pasta and stir a couple times to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other. Cook until al dente, roughly 8 minutes.

In a small bowl mix together the panko and cheese.  Set Aside.

Once the pasta as cooked drain most, but 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the spinach, garlic powder, and Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa sauce. Season with a little pepper and mix well. Pour the pasta mixture into an oven safe dish and spread evenly.  Then pour the panko-cheese mix on top.

Place the dish in the oven and bake for 15 tto 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and crumbs lightly browned.

Serve warm.

24 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

This looks so cheesy and delicious. I want to eat it but i just weighed myself yesterday and got a bit of a shock...
Have a yummy day.
*kisses* HH

Miranda said...

Jenn,
This looks yummy. I love anything with lots of spinach and cheese. Ha!
I made a Meatball and Peperoni Stromboli with the Bertolli Sauce. I need to post it...

Phyllis said...

That panko cheese topping looks yummy. Nothing I love more than pasta in a creamy sauce like this. The spinach makes this healthy, right? ;)

Pam said...

Congrats to the winner. Love the spinach bake - it looks so cheesy and delicious.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Congrats to the winner! Now onto this spinach bake...amazing! I love all the cheese and the crunchy topping...yum!

Holly said...

Congrats Valley Writer:) This 4 cheese spinach bake looks sooo yummy!:)
The Peppered Pantry~

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Oh my, this looks good. Maybe I should tell my hubby to find something else to eat (he's anti-spinach) and I can just make this all for myself!

Bob said...

Congratz Valley Writer!

That pasta looks so good, bakes are one of my favorites. Man, I wish I had gotten the pasta sauces from FB, they sound so good!

Joanne said...

Mmm I have seen this bertolli sauce everywhere today! It looks so cheesy and delicious!

the wicked noodle said...

I am definitely going to try your easy spinach bake. It looks awesome!

5 Star Foodie said...

A delicious pasta bake, great with the Bertolli Rosa sauce!

ValleyWriter said...

Yay for me! :-) Will email you shortly...
And this looks like a great way to use the Rosa Sauce. I still have my bottle to try... might just have to nick your idea!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

I was wondering what to do with that new Bertolli sauce and now I know! Anything with pasta, cheese and spinach sounds good to me. Thanks for another great recipe, Jenn.

The Duo Dishes said...

The Four Cheese Rosa is their best white sauce. We used it this past weekend, and all of our friends loved the dish to pieces! Great way to pair it with spinach.

Diana said...

Mmm looks like a bit plate of comfort! Even with the warm weather I could still go for that right now!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I got the same sauce and haven't used it yet. You made a beautiful dish!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What yummy looking comfort meal! Love that you added spinach to it!

teresa said...

excellent way to use that sauce! this looks so delicious!

sophia said...

Ooh! 4 cheeses!!! Ooh la la!!! I like your addition of spinach...haha, even a spinach-loather will eat this up!

Congrats to the winner! Lucky girl!

Joie de vivre said...

Yum, yum, yum! Congratulations to Valley Writer!

theUngourmet said...

Congrats to the winner! Great use for your sauce too! This looks like one my family would enjoy very much! Happy early St Paddy's Day Jenn! Don't forget to wear green! :D

Parita said...

Congrats to the winner! Thats spinach bake is seriously calling me..looks fantastic so cheesy!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Hooray... Congrats to the lucky winner! Love this casserole, too... Spinach and cheese are so wonderful together.

Jeanna said...

Pretty effective information, lots of thanks for the article.

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