Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

Everyone loves Spinach & Artichoke dip. It’s always a huge hit at parties, so when I found this recipe for spinach & artichoke pasta, I thought it was a genius idea! After I tasted this (and photographed it) I thought it would be better if baked, so I went that route and it was really comforting and tasty.  I especially loved the top parts with the extra melty cheese that added a bit of a crunch.  This isn’t exactly a healthy meal, though I did lighten it up with reduced fat cream cheese & cheeses, but its still an indulgent meal. At least it has spinach, right?!? That’s got to count for something!;)

Spinach & Artichoke Pasta
Source: Sunny Side Up in San Diego 

Ingredients:
1 Box (16 oz.) Bowtie Pasta
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 small package frozen chopped spinach, thawed & excess water drained
1/2 cup artichokes, chopped
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
4 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 cups shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a pot of water to boil.  Add a healthy pinch of salt.  Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a medium sized pot, heat butter & olive oil over medium heat, allowing butter to melt.  Once melted, add the onions and cook until translucent, approximately 3-4 minutes.  Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds to a minute more.  Add in spinach, artichokes, salt & pepper.  Stir to combine and cook for approximately 1 minute.  Stir in the flour and and cook for a minute more.  Add cream cheese and cook until it is mostly melted.  Add in the milk, a little at a time, stirring continually.  Bring mixture to a simmer and cook approximately 3-4 minutes until milk starts to thicken slightly.  Remove from heat and add the cheese, a little at a time, until melted.  Add spinach mixture to pasta and gently stir to coat.

Pour pasta mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Top with additional cheddar cheese (approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup, depending on how cheesy you like it).  Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese has melted and is slightly bubbly.

*You could easily add chicken into this to add extra protein.

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    Comments

    1. This looks awesome! I love spinach artichoke dip, and I love pasta – so this is perfect for me! Thanks for posting :)

    2. Great minds think alike! Love how creamy yours looks.

    3. holy crap. this looks AMAZING! i want it nowwww

    4. I LOVE artichokes, and always look forward to trying them in new dishes. Can’t wait to try this!

    5. I’m addicted to spinach/artichoke dip, I’ve even been known to have only that for dinner, please don’t judge me. :) This looks like a great recipe especially for the colder winter months.

    6. Brilliant! My Hubs would love this. Thank you for sharing!

    7. Oh man, this looks amazing – want!

    8. Definitely a great idea, I sort of want to dive right into the bowl, lol :)

    9. This looks amazing! I love anything with artichokes and the spinach is an added bonus! What a wonderul blog! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store! Have a wonderful week!

    10. This looks AWESOME!

    11. Thanks so much everyone!

    12. I might just have to make this myself it sounds amazing!

    13. This looks so yummy! I am making my shopping list to try it out and wanted to verify what type of artichokes…are you using the fresh or frozen? Or marinated? Thanks!

      • Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

        I used the canned marinated artichokes and I drained them and patted them dry a bit and then chopped them. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy it!

    14. I just discovered your site, and you have so many amazing recipes I can’t wait to try. Adding you to my reader!

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