Even if I had not made some substitutions I still think that this would be a good, solid recipe. I used smoked gouda instead of smoked mozzarella as well as my own marinara sauce instead of store-bought so perhaps that is why I didn't taste much smoky flavor but it was still very tasty and flavorful. I took the advice of an earlier poster and added a dash of nutmeg to the spinach mixture. Also, I used a whole-grain penne and ran out of sour cream so I used mostly light yogurt. If I had eaten immediately, I think that it would have been dry but I let the dish sit overnight so it wasn't but a bit more sauce would have been nice.
Smoked Cheese Pasta Bake
BlueeyedSara7 Posted: 11/13/10
Lynell Posted: 11/19/08
This is always a hit and we've modified the recipe by using smoked gouda, which is fabulous! Its also great to make ahead and freeze in individual servings for a quick meal during the week.
Mleigh Posted: 07/20/09
This is very easy and quick to put together. The leftovers are great for lunch. I was surprised that this went on the boyfriend's "favorites" list. Although the spinach was regarded with suspicion initially, I guess he decided there was so little of it he could give it a try. Now he requests this recipe often.
ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 01/25/11
This was good, but not fabulous. I was craving cheesy and creamy, but this was too creamy. The portion I served my husband was swimming in sour cream. If I made this again I would half the sour cream and add Italian sausage.
jfpendal Posted: 10/29/11
Excellent. I followed the recipe and it was a hit with friends and family.
frenchsoap Posted: 01/17/12
CRHawkeye Posted: 01/31/12
This is a favorite, but you definitely need to enjoy the flavor of sour cream to enjoy this recipe. We serve it with grilled chicken. Be sure that the smoked cheese is spread throughout because it is that flavor that makes it special.