Karry Hosford
5 servings

Substitute smoked cheddar for the Gouda, if you like.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.

Step 3

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach to pan; cook 30 seconds or until spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add pasta and 3/4 cup cheese to tomato mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Ratings & Reviews

StephanieLark's Review

March 13, 2014
Great base recipe! I used 2 x 14oz cans of diced tomatoes w/ basil & garlic. I added about 1/2 a tsp of red pepper flakes and a handful of chopped fresh basil into the sauce. If I need a bit more protein in my meal I add some cooked & crumbled meatless Italian sausage. Love the smoked cheese in this dish, very easy to double to feed a crowd or for lunch leftovers. It's just as great the next day.

sukeedog's Review

March 01, 2014

LightestFan's Review

January 13, 2014

viburnum's Review

May 03, 2013
Great, easy recipe. I added Italian chicken sausage for some lean protein which tasted great. I doubled the amount of tomatoes because I like my pasta saucy. Also followed other reviews and added red chili flakes and fresh basil. Solid recipe, will make gain.

OlgaTsoukalas's Review

April 14, 2013

ShelleyG's Review

March 11, 2013

KAInouye's Review

December 22, 2012
Really good! Gouda gives a great flavor, but doesn't get as melty.

betsymrosen's Review

December 19, 2012

QuotableKitchen's Review

September 12, 2012
This is a really great recipe - I love all the flavors combined for this dish. I've been trying to find more easy & delicious vegetarian meals and this one was perfect! I served it in ramekins along with small salad and fresh bread - it was a hit!

jmeleeS's Review

August 14, 2012
Fantastic recipe! I found this recipe in one of my C.L. cookbooks and as smoked gouda is my favorite cheese, I couldn't wait to make it this week. From start to finish, this dish only took me 30 minutes, so it's great for a weeknight meal. A few items I changed to our tastes at the simmer stage: Added a handful of chopped fresh basil and parsley to the tomato base; added extra garlic; added shredded cooked turkey breast; added 1/4 cup reduced fat grated parm cheese; and added 1 tbsp crushed red pepper. Also in in the preparation, my sauce was a little watery so I added a tsp of cornstarch at the end of the simmer which helped thicken up the juices. The whole dish fit nicely in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish in lieu of the individual containers. Finally, after 13 minutes of bake time, I turned my broiler on high and popped the whole thing in for 2 minutes to get that nice brown cheese topping. Awesome! Served with steamed asparagus for a rounded meal. Will definitely make again!