Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Pasta Bake

published Mar 15, 2023
Pantry Pasta
Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake Recipe

A gooey, ultra-comforting pasta bake.

Serves6 to 8

Prep15 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 25 minutes

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Cheesy spinach and artichoke pasta bake in Dutch oven with a portion scooped out.
Credit: Kelli Foster

What happens when you cross spinach-artichoke dip with baked pasta? You get this gooey, ultra-comforting cheesy spinach-artichoke pasta bake. While I’d gladly sit down with chips and a bowl of dip and call it dinner, this pasta bake feels a bit more civilized and just as satisfying. It’s packed with tender spinach, marinated artichokes, melty mozzarella cheese, and creamy dollops of ricotta. Plus, a pinch of red pepper flakes adds punch and fresh lemon juice lends brightness. Bring the whole skillet to the table for a meal that’s guaranteed to be well-received. 

@thekitchn What happens when you cross spinach-artichoke dip with baked pasta? You get this gooey, cheesy, ultra-comforting dish. 🤩 Find the recipe at the link in our bio! #pastarecipes #easyrecipes #spinachartichoke #pastabake #easydinners #dinnerrecipes ♬ original sound – The Kitchn

Marinated Artichokes Deliver Big Flavor with Little Effort

Artichokes come in many forms at the grocery store, but marinated, quartered artichoke hearts are easily my favorite. The oil they’re marinated in is full of herbs and spices, along with a touch of vinegar, which the artichokes absorb. They’re packed with so much flavor, you barely need to do anything. So when you’re adding these artichokes to pasta, you don’t have to dig around your spice cabinet as much — they’re a simple, foolproof way to build flavor. 

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Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake Recipe

A gooey, ultra-comforting pasta bake.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 25 minutes

Serves 6 to 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 pound

    dried short pasta, such as cavatappi or campanelle

  • 4 cloves

    garlic

  • 1 pound

    fresh mozzarella cheese

  • 2 ounces

    Parmesan cheese (1 cup firmly packed freshly grated or 2/3 cup store-bought grated)

  • 2 (12-ounce) jars

    marinated, quartered artichoke hearts

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 10 ounces

    baby spinach (about 10 packed cups)

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    red pepper flakes

  • 1/2

    medium lemon

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 (15 to 16-ounce) container

    whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 2 cups)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, mince 4 garlic cloves. Cut 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups). Finely grate 2 ounces Parmesan cheese (about 1 packed cup), or measure out 2/3 cup store-bought grated. Drain 2 jars marinated artichoke hearts.

  2. Add 1 pound dried short pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for 2 minutes less than al dente, 4 to 5 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta. Meanwhile, arrange a rack 6 to 8 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler to high.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large broiler-proof skillet (12-inches or larger) over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the artichoke hearts in a single layer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Add 10 ounces baby spinach, a few handfuls at a time, and cook until just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat.

  4. Add the pasta and pasta water, half of the mozzarella, half of the Parmesan, the juice of 1/2 medium lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine.

  5. Dollop 1 container whole-milk ricotta cheese evenly over the mixture and gently stir the pasta, keeping a few large pockets of ricotta here and there. Spread the mixture into an even layer and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

  6. Broil until the artichokes are browned slightly and the cheese is melted and browned in spots, 4 to 6 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.