Baked Penne with Mushrooms, Bacon and Spinach

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.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6

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) Green Giant™ frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)

  • 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
32%
(Saturated Fat
18g,
18%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
105mg
105%;
Sodium
850mg
850%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
20g
20%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
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 Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.