Pasta Bake Florentine

Not only is this baked pasta delicious, but the variety of vegetables makes it colorful and appealing as well.

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 (26-oz.) jars pasta sauce
  • 1 cup marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (16-oz.) pkg. rotini pasta, cooked
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion, red pepper and mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in ground beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until beef is browned, about  5 to 7 minutes; drain.
  2. Stir in pasta sauce, artichokes and spinach until well combined. Stir in cooked pasta. Transfer to a lightly greased 13"x9" baking pan; sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
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