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Simple pasta bake with marinated artichokes

marni | simplegraytshirt
a simple pasta bake  with artichokes for busy weeknight dinners.  
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 417 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb dried pasta normally one box, i like to use penne, rigatoni, or rotini, but use your favorite
  • ½ cup milk any type will work
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese i like whole milk ricotta
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheese i like mozzarella, but an italian blend would work well too
  • 1 54 oz jar marinara sauce or any tomato based pasta sauce you like
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes drained

Instructions
 

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • spray an oven safe dish with cooking spray
  • cook pasta according to directions on the box for al dente. the pasta will keep cooking as it bakes
  • mix remaining ingredients except for ½ cup shredded cheese and artichokes in a large mixing bowl
  • when pasta is done cooking, drain well and add to the mixing bowl
  • chop artichokes to desired size (if using chopped, just add into the mixture) and then add to the mixing bowl
  • pour everything from the mixing bowl into the prepared dish
  • top with remaining cheese (and a piece of artichoke or two if you want it to be fancy)
  • bake at 400 until cheese is golden brown and pasta is bubbly, about 20 minutes (you can blitz under the broiler if your cheese is at peak meltiness and you are getting utzy)
  • take out of oven and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving

Notes

you can definitely increase the artichoke flavor here by adding a second jar into the mix.  i keep it mild for my audience, but if you love them, add more.
if you are looking to kick things up a bit (which i do when the kiddos aren't eating this), add red pepper flakes into the mixture.  start will 1 teaspoon and then add to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 19gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 1320mgPotassium: 837mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1487IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 226mgIron: 3mg
Keyword cheesy pasta, easy pasta bake, pasta bake
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