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Baked Penne with Mushrooms, Bacon and Spinach

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  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6
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Easy, creamy, savory and veggie-packed, this rich, delicious dish is affordable without tasting like it! And it’s ready in just over an hour. See how to make it.

Ingredients

8
oz uncooked penne pasta
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
4
slices bacon, chopped
2
cups sliced onions
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (about 3 cups)
1
box (9 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2 Cook pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta; return to stockpot. Add cream; toss. Set aside.
  • 3 Spray 12-inch sauté pan or skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp. With slotted spoon, remove bacon from pan to plate; set aside.
  • 4 Add onions, salt and pepper to bacon drippings in pan; cook and stir 4 to 7 minutes or until translucent. Add mushrooms; cook 6 to 10 minutes longer or until browned and liquid evaporates. Add spinach and reserved pasta cooking water; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • 5 Pour mushroom mixture over pasta; toss to coat. Pour into baking dish. Top evenly with both cheeses. Cover dish tightly with foil.
  • 6 Bake 20 minutes. Remove foil; top with reserved bacon. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer.

Expert Tips

Prepare and assemble the casserole, without baking, up to a day ahead. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. Then, remove foil, add bacon and bake 5 minutes longer.

Lose the bacon for a meat-free twist, or just add bacon to bacon lovers' bowls for a pasta that pleases vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
530
Calories from Fat
290
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32g
49%
Saturated Fat
18g
91%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
850mg
35%
Potassium
320mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
41g
14%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
4g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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