Creamy Rigatoni with Pork and Spinach

Baking pasta is one way to make a big meal with little effort. This recipe gets a boost of vegetables from added spinach and has a creamy consistency thanks to a little cream cheese.

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Serves8 (1 cup each)
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease 13" x 9" baking dish.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pork and onion and cook 6-8 minutes until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Drain fat.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese, and 1 cup mozzarella. Mix well.
  4. Add pasta and toss to combine. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese and return to the oven.
  6. Bake another 10 minutes until bubbly. Serve warm.

Recipe Tips

Use ground beef, turkey, or chicken in place of ground pork.

Use any type of pasta.  The shorter noodles work best, such as ziti, rotini, or macaroni.

Add spices for added flavor such as 1 teaspoon Italian spices, 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.  Add these with the pork and onion.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Rigatoni with Pork and Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 381mg 16%
Potassium 617mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 98%
Vitamin C 18%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 27%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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