Feta and spinach pasta bake

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PRESENTATION

Recipe by
Luisa Orizio

How do you prefer baked pasta? Today we amaze you with a different vegetarian recipe: feta and spinach pasta bake! A tasty combination that is the protagonist of a great classic of Greek cuisine, the spanakopita, that we wanted to propose in a first course version. In addition to the famous Greek cheese, characterized by a strong and slightly acidic flavor, we also used ricotta which will make the sauce even more creamy. Bring feta and spinach pasta bake to the table and let yourself be teased by its crunchy golden crust first and then by its creaminess!

Also try feta and cherry tomatoes pasta bake, another appetizing variation!

INGREDIENTS
Mezze Maniche Rigate pasta 0.75 lb (320 g)
Spinach 0.5 lb (200 g)
Feta cheese 2 cups (200 g)
Cow's milk ricotta cheese ⅔ cup (150 g)
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO cheese ½ cup (50 g)
Garlic 1 clove
Extra virgin olive oil to taste

Preparaton

To make feta and spinach pasta bake, first wash the spinach and remove the final part of the stem 1. Pour the spinach into a pan with a drizzle of oil and a crushed clove of garlic 2. Cover with the lid 3 and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put a pot of water on the stove to cook the pasta.

When the spinach has wilted, remove the garlic from the pan and set aside 4. Once the water has come to a boil, add salt and cook the pasta al dente 5. Meanwhile, crumble the feta cheese with your hands 6.

Drain the pasta in a bowl, add the spinach 7, feta cheese 8 and 1/4 cup (30 g) of grated Parmesan cheese 9.

Mix and add the ricotta 10 and a ladle of pasta cooking water. Mix everything well 11. Grease a baking dish with oil and pour the seasoned pasta in it 12.

Distribute it evenly with a spoon and sprinkle with the remaining grated Parmesan cheese 13. Finish with a drizzle of oil 14. Bake in a preheated convection oven at 355°F (180°C) for 30 minutes until the surface turns golden brown. Remove from the oven and enjoy your feta and spinach pasta bake 15.

Storage

Feta and spinach pasta bake can be stored in the refrigerator for a day, in an airtight container.

Freezing is not recommended.

Tips

For an even richer version you can add small pieces of sausage browned in a pan!