Spinach and Garlic Baked Penne

This is the end of my casserole week and boy am I ending it right.  I decided to make the dish that made me fall in love with cooking.  

One day when I was really little, I was watching Food Network and I saw them making a baked penne and I decided that I wanted to try to make it.  I asked my mom for the ingredients, which of course she got, and got started.

When I made it, it was cheese and garlic and butter only.  Over the last 20 years or so I have made it my own by adding different meats and vegetables into it.  My favorite has been spinach, the earthy flavor brings down the buttery taste and balances it out.  It is so good.

Spinach and Garlic Penne



  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 16 oz penne pasta
  • 5 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil water with a pinch of salt
  2. Add pasta and cook according to directions
  3. Preheat oven to 350F
  4. Keep 1/4 cup of pasta water
  5. Mix pasta, garlic, butter, spinach, left over pasta water, and 3/4 parmesan with salt and pepper- put into a baking dish
  6. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until parmesan on top is browned
Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook time: 30 mins.

Total time: 35 mins.

This week has been so busy, I keep starting things for the blog that I have to finish at night.  The night me basically hates the day time me.  But I am working my behind off to get this blog where I want it to be.  

Sometimes I feel like it’s one step forward and three steps back.  Like I get somewhere and I’m excited that I am there and then all of a sudden I am where I was before.  It’s severely frustrating.

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I know I just have to keep going and I haven’t even been blogging that long, but it is still very angering at times.

Do you ever get angered by lack of progress?

I think that it’s because I almost want instant gratification with the blog because I put so much work into it.

Just keep swimming, that’s what I have to do.

What was your favorite casserole over the last few weeks?

I think mine was the tamale pie, it was good, filling, and satisfying beyond believe.


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