Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What's Cooking? Wednesday: Mediterranean Pasta Bake Recipe

**UPDATE: I've tried making this with a can of quartered artichokes (drained), and it is PHENOMENAL. Add it to the step with the tomatoes and red wine vinegar.
Also, you do not have to mix the pasta halfway through baking. It will come out just fine if you leave it in the whole time**

I've got an absolutely YUMMY dish for you today. Since it's Wednesday, wanna know What's Cooking?

Join along if you have a recipe you've made, or found one you want to make on Pinterest, and link up!

This week I found a Mediterranean Pasta Bake recipe and knew I had to try it!

What You Need:
-1 lb. ground turkey
-1 box pasta (I used ziti, original recipe calls for rigatoni)
-1 bag of baby spinach
-1 can diced tomatoes (we used the No Salt Added), undrained
-1 cup feta cheese
-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 cup heavy cream
-2 Tbsp. Greek seasoning, divided (I used Cavenders)
-1 tsp minced garlic from a jar
-olive oil
-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

What You Do:
1. Cook the pasta according to package directions in a large pot. Drain and return to pot.

2. Preheat the oven to 350. 
Brown the turkey meat until no longer pink in a medium skillet on the stove. Then add in 1 Tbsp of the Greek seasoning, the garlic and the baby spinach. Keep over medium heat until the spinach is wilted.
spinach is NOT wilted in this picture
3. Add in the tomatoes and the red wine vinegar. Mix.

4. Add this mixture to the pot with the drained pasta. Mix together, and then move the mixture to a 9x12 baking dish. You can mix things up a bit more in here.
Add the feta and mozzarella cheese, heavy cream and the remaining 1 Tbsp Greek seasoning to the top.

5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Stir it once during the cooking process to mix everything up and to keep the pasta from drying out.

6. Serve it up with whatever you'd like, or plain.

MG ooh'ed and ahhh'ed and said "oh my god" the entire time that he was eating it. This made us 6 servings so we had plenty of leftovers (and it was great as leftovers). The next time I make this, I might add in a can of artichokes.

Can't wait to see what you all are cooking! Link up below!





8 comments:

  1. I have to admit this makes me rather hungry :)

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  2. Looks good, I see why you loved it so much.

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  3. All linked up and ready to go! I saved your recipe too - major yum!

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  4. This looks delicious! I'm totally saving it to make some time!

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  5. looks amazing, love! yum, yum!
    xx
    elise
    www.cheersyall-thehoustons.blogspot.com

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  6. Looks good! When are you inviting me over for dinner?

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