It really speaks for itself, just look at it! It is a thing of beauty.
I will eat pasta all day everyday, but bake it with some cheese and well it takes it to a whole new level.
This dish came together super fast. I quickly sauteed the mushrooms and spinach while the pasta was cooking, added the pasta and the sauce to the sauteed veggies added a few spices and that was that.
Just pour the whole mess into a baking dish and throw some grated cheese on top. Bake for about 25 minutes and you too can have this amazing cheesy pasta!
What you need,
1 pkg. fresh tortellini, I used Herb & Cheese but you use whatever flavor you like
1 jar of your favorite tomato based pasta sauce, I used Classico Tomato with Basil
¼ cup milk (I used 1%)
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
2 cups grated cheese, I used a combo of cheddar and mozzarella
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the Pasta according to package directions, less 2 minutes, drain and set aside. They pasta will cook a little more in the oven so under cook it a little so it doesn’t get too overcooked.
In a large non-stick pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened and starting to brown. Add the spinach and sauté until wilted. Season with the salt and pepper and garlic powder. Add the tomato sauce, milk and sugar to the pan and stir to combine. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Pour the pasta into a baking dish, sprinkle it with the cheese and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. I like to broil the pasta for a few minutes at the end just to brown up the cheese!
Ok people, there you have it, a wonderful hearty pasta dish you and your whole family will love!
Add a nice Cesar salad on the side and you win at dinner!