6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; set aside.

Step 3

Melt 1 tablespoon margarine in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook 4 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese, Italian seasoning, and pepper; remove from heat.

Step 4

Combine pasta, cheese sauce, 1 cup cheese, tomatoes, and spinach in a large bowl; stir well. Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Step 5

Combine breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons cheese, and remaining 1 tablespoon margarine; sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

jenniferml2020's Review

February 19, 2013
I've also been making this for years! Perfect meatless main dish - excellent and filling. It can be made a day or two ahead, and also freezes well if you want to freeze half. (In my house half easily serves 2-3 adults, especially if there is also bread and salad.)

rcturner525's Review

July 25, 2011
Have been making this recipe since it came out in 1997. It can be time-consuming but with some planning (cook pasta while making sauce) it can still be on your table in an hour. Great with whole wheat or regular pasta, and usually I use penne since it's easier to find. I use a little less milk for a clingy-er parmesan sauce, and I add salt to the sauce since I typically use "no salt added" tomatoes. Green salad, and you've got yourself a meal! 9 WW points per serving (using new 2011 program).

ILMBeaches's Review

November 07, 2009
We love this. Make it every 2 weeks.

ChrisBellaire's Review

August 18, 2009
Very delicious. Takes awhile to make but definitely worth it. I used a shallot and an onion but then followed the recipe exactly. (Well, I did use a lot more cheese than called for.) My husband and I loved it and it's even better left over and reheated. Served it with a fruit salad.

Bekah418's Review

February 03, 2009