How to Make Creamy Spinach Mushroom and Pasta Bake

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Here is a perfect pasta bake for a weeknight meal or a casual spring dinner party.

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This post is all about how to make creamy spinach and mushroom pasta bake, the perfect weeknight meal.

Spring always brings to mind fresh produce and flavors. We’re digging out from winter snow, and visiting the farmer’s market. The tables are full of early spring vegetables, including bundles of spinach and herbs.

It’s also a time of gathering, when spring holidays and occasions can bring us together. From Easter brunch to baby showers—and last minute dinner parties, spring can be a time when you find yourself needing a good and easy recipe to make for some occasion.

When you’re entertaining, you already have enough things to worry about, so having an easy to make pasta dish is one way to lessen the burden.

This easy pasta recipe uses common pantry ingredients and fresh ingredients that are usually easy to find at a farm stand or supermarket (fresh vegetables and herbs add flavors that are hard to beat).

This is also a recipe that uses fresh spinach, and it’s great for using up spinach that you may have in the refrigerator. For other fresh spinach recipes, check out recipes for Strawberry Spinach Salad and Spinach Salad with Apple and Roquefort Cheese.

The recipe calls for penne pasta, but other types of small to medium sized pasta work, including cavatappi, cellentani, gemelli, and pasta shells. Making a pasta bake can be a good way to use up pasta that you have in the pantry.

Use fresh spinach (or a mixture of baby spinach and sweet kale), thinly sliced mushrooms, and minced parsley and garlic to add spring flavor to the pasta bake.

This spring vegetable pasta bake, made with fresh seasonal produce and plenty of cheese, is sure to be a hit. Serve the pasta bake with a fresh green salad and garlic bread for a delicious meal.

How to Make Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta Bake

Here is how to make an easy spinach and mushroom pasta bake that is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta Bake

Here is a creamy pasta recipe using mushrooms, spinach, ricotta cheese, alfredo sauce, and more to make a delicious and easy dinner recipe that is perfect for weeknights or for special occasions.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword mushroom recipes, pasta recipes, spinach recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Author Sweet Bacon & Pecans

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves washed and dried
  • 6 oz. fresh baby bella mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas thawed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked diced chicken* (optional)
  • 1 15 oz. jar alfredo sauce
  • cup pesto sauce
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 15 oz carton ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 2-quart baking dish, or line it with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions; drain. Add spinach, mushrooms, peas, and chicken (optional) to the pot with the pasta. Stir to combine ingredients.
  • Add alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, parsley, garlic, ricotta cheese, Italian cheese, heavy cream or milk, and eggs to a bowl. Stir to combine ingredients.
  • Divide the pasta and vegetables into two parts. Spread one part of the pasta and vegetables into the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • Layer the alfredo sauce mixture over the pasta and vegetables. Repeat, adding one more layer of pasta and vegetables and another layer of the cheese mixture.
  • Sprinkle shredded Italian cheese over the pasta bake.
  • Bake 35 minutes, or until the pasta bake is bubbly. Remove from the oven, and cool before serving.

Notes

Instead of chicken, you could also add cooked salmon to the casserole. One can of boneless salmon or two (5 oz.) pouches of boneless salmon can be substituted for cooked, diced chicken.

This post was all about making spring pasta bake.

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Credits
  • Photos by Christine Siracusa / Unsplash, Heather Gill / Unsplash, and Grooveland Designs / Pexels
  • Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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