Cheesy Pasta Bake with Garlicky Spinach

cheesy pasta bake with garlicky spinach
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  • 4Servings


  • 12 ounces whole-grain fusilli
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 5 ounces part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 containers (15 oz.) baby spinach


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; salt the water, add the fusilli and cook to al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then return the pasta to the pot.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the marinara, 1 tbsp. olive oil and the vinegar to a simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium-low. Mix the sauce and reserved cooking water into the pasta. Transfer to a 1 1/2- to 2-qt. baking dish; top with the cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.

In another large pot, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. oil over medium. Add the garlic; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach; toss until wilted, about 3 minutes. Serve the spinach alongside the pasta.