Cheesy Baked Spinach Rigatoni
with garlic bread
Prep & Cook Time: 50-60 min.
Cook Within: 7 days
Difficulty Level: Expert
Spice Level: Mild
Contains: Milk, Wheat
You know the pasta that's the thick tubes? Not the one that's a squiggly line, and not the one that's bowtie, of course not, but the perfect tube of pasta, big enough to get all kinds of flavor inside and out? This guy, this rigatoni. He's grabbing all kinds of tastiness here, with rich cream sauce and healthy spinach. We respect all pasta, all shapes and sizes, but our big tube here, excuse us, rigatoni, reigns supreme.
In Your Box (serves 2)
- 5 oz. Baby Spinach
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- ½ tsp. Garlic Salt
- ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
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You Will Need
- Olive Oil
- Cooking Spray
- 1 Colander
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 1 Small Oven-Safe Casserole Dish
- 1 Medium Pot
- 1 Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:
- Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
- Seafood 145° F |
- Chicken 165° F |
- Ground Beef 160° F |
- Ground Turkey 165° F |
- Ground Pork 160° F
Customize It Instructions
Meatlovers! If using protein, cook in a medium non-stick pan over medium heat with 1 tsp. olive oil. If using chicken breasts, pat dry, and on a clean cutting board, cut into 1” dice. Season all over with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until chicken reaches minimum internal temperature, 5-7 minutes. Add to pasta as desired. If using filets mignon, pat dry and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until steaks reach desired doneness, or 4-6 minutes per side for medium/medium-well. Rest, 3 minutes. Serve alongside pasta. If using ground beef, break up until beef reaches minimum internal temperature, 4-6 minutes. Add to pasta as desired. If using Italian sausage, remove from casing, if necessary. Break up until no pink remains and sausage reaches minimum internal temperature, 4-6 minutes. Add to pasta as desired.
Cook Pasta and Prepare Ingredients
Once water in medium pot is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, 9-12 minutes.Reserve 3/4 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta in a colander and set aside.While pasta cooks, coarsely chop spinach.Mince garlic.
Start the Sauce
Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat.Add butter to hot pan and let melt. Once butter has melted, add flour and whisk or stir vigorously until combined, 30-60 seconds.Add half the reserved pasta cooking water and whisk or stir vigorously until completely combined and smooth, 1-2 minutes.Add remaining pasta cooking water and whisk or stir vigorously until completely combined and smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Finish the Sauce
Add cream base, cheese, and garlic salt to hot pan. Stir constantly until melted and smooth, 1-2 minutes.Add half the garlic (reserve remaining for bread), 1/4 tsp. salt, and half the red pepper flakes (to taste; reserve remaining for garnish). Stir until combined, 30-60 seconds.Stir in spinach. Cover and cook until beginning to wilt, 30-60 seconds.Stir in pasta until combined. Remove from burner.
Bake the Pasta
Transfer pasta mixture to prepared casserole dish and spread into an even layer. Cover with foil.Bake covered in hot oven, 20 minutes.Carefully remove from oven and remove foil. Casserole dish will be hot! Use oven mitts.Bake again uncovered until edges are golden brown, 5-8 minutes.Carefully remove from oven.While pasta bakes, continue recipe.
Make Garlic Bread and Finish Dish
Halve roll, if necessary.Place roll halves on prepared baking sheet, cut-side up. Top with 2 tsp. olive oil and remaining garlic, massaging garlic into bread.Bake in hot oven until golden brown, 6-8 minutes.Remove from oven.Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing pasta with remaining red pepper flakes (to taste), and halving garlic bread, if desired. Bon appétit!
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