Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Rigatoni

Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Rigatoni

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Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese 0

"Creamy -check; Pasta -check; vegetables -check. This recipe has everything it needs to be a new family favorite."

Ingredients 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 372 cals

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 372 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 15.5 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.7g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 24.8 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 676 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

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  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 4 min. or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Add flour and seasonings; cook and stir 1 min. Stir in broth; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until thickened. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until melted.
  4. Drain pasta; return to pan. Add zucchini mixture, spinach, Parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella; mix lightly. Spoon into 2 quart casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining mozzarella.
  5. Bake 10 min. or until mozzarella is melted.
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Footnotes

  • Preparing Perfect Pasta: Follow the package directions to ensure that enough water is used for cooking the pasta. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (tender but still a little firm to the bite), stirring frequently. To prevent pasta from sticking, add it slowly to plenty of boiling water and stir frequently while cooking. Adding oil to the cooking water is not recommended because some sauces may not cling to pasta coated with oil.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with fresh fruit and a side salad to round out the meal.
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backpackin.dannielle
7/18/2011

DELICIOUS! You could easily add chicken for another layer of flavor, but by no means does this recipe need it. Super easy to make, nice and cheesy. I hate mushrooms but ate them up with this recipe. We used the whole wheat pasta noodles we had in the pantry already. I would have loved 2 zucchinis in this recipe, but again, not necessary to enjoy the recipe.

Dena
9/12/2011

Great recipe. Wouldn't change anything, my whole family loved it.

L
8/9/2011

Quality recipe base, but don't recommend seasoning with basil/oregano/red pepper as called for below.