Baked pasta with spinach

Baked pasta with spinach and bacon, creamy and streaky is a simple and genuine dish that is prepared in a short time and the whole family likes. It is inspired by baked pasta with spinach and béchamel sauce, but is revisited in order to have the béchamel sauce ready, without soiling other pots.

I often prepare it to make my kids eat spinach, in this way they appreciate them and eat them willingly. The string cheese and bacon, enrich the dish so much, that you can not absolutely say no to it!

If you are looking for a different first dish to bring to the table, this baked pasta will be a success!!!

But follow me to the kitchen, you’ll see how good it is!

  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Cooking time20 Minutes
  • Serving5 people
  • CuisineItalian

Ingredients

Half pound pasta (short pasta)
1 onion (big)
3.5 ounces bacon (sweet or smoked)
10 ounces spinach (fresh)
1 ounce unsalted butter
q.s. nutmeg
q.s. salt
7 ounces provola cheese (sweet)
1.2 cups milk
3 ounces parmesan cheese (or grana cheese)
2 tablespoons all purpose (AP) flour

Tools

Steps

Chop an onion coarsely, melt the butter in a pan, add the onion and brown it.

baked pasta dishes with spinach
baked pasta dishes with spinach

Add bacon, let it brown and add washed and drained spinach (I bought those already cleaned and ready to use).

Once the spinach has wilted, pour in a tablespoon of flour, stir and brown.

baked pasta dishes with spinach

Add the milk a little at a time and bring to a boil.

Turn often with the wooden spoon, as soon as the sauce thickens (If the souce is to thick just add more milk), turn off and set aside.

With this trick you will avoid buying the béchamel sauce or making it separately, and the result will taste better.

baked pasta dishes with spinach

Cook pasta, drain al dente and collect it in a bowl.

Season with 2/3 of the freshly made spinach and a little grated cheese.

Pour half on a baking dish, make a thin layer of provola cheese and distribute a little more grated cheese.

Cover with the remaining pasta, more sliced cheese, the remaining dressing and the last part of grated cheese.

baked pasta dishes with spinach

Bake in a hot oven at 355 ºF for 10-15 minutes, or until desired browning.

Bake, let cool a few minutes and serve hot, creamy and streaky.

You will see: you’ll love this recipe and your children will like it too!

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