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Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Rigatoni

Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Rigatoni is rated 4.52808988764045 out of 5 by 89.
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6 servings, 1-1/3 cups each

Get 'em to say Yes! to zucchini—and spinach—with this creamy rigatoni pasta dish. Just another day in the life of a rock-star mom.

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  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 4 min. or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Add flour and seasonings; cook and stir 1 min. Stir in broth; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until thickened. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until melted.
  • Drain pasta; return to pan. Add zucchini mixture, spinach, Parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake 10 min. or until mozzarella is melted.

Preparing Perfect Pasta

Follow the package directions to ensure that enough water is used for cooking the pasta. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (tender but still a little firm to the bite), stirring frequently. To prevent pasta from sticking, add it slowly to plenty of boiling water and stir frequently while cooking. Adding oil to the cooking water is not recommended because some sauces may not cling to pasta coated with oil.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with fresh fruit and a side salad to round out the meal.


  • 6 servings, 1-1/3 cups each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings, 1-1/3 cups each
Calories 330
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 7g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 460mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 19g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 50 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 35 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this last night and it was out of this world! I made this last night and it was out of this world! it was plenty for 4 people. I ended up adding ground Italian sausage and it added just the right amount of flavor! Because of the added meat, i didn't use the entire 6oz bag of spinach, i used maybe about 3/4 of it. I also had to put the pasta in a 3qt dish instead of a 2 qt dish. I didn't use neufchatel cheese because my store didn't have any, so i substituted with cream cheese and you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. I WILL DEFINITELY MAKE THIS AGAIN!! :D
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My whole family loves this recipe! My whole family loves this recipe! The only thing I did differently was that I grated the zucchini. My kid wouldn't eat it when it was in slices. Grating it made it not noticable and they ate it and didn't even know :)
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My family loved this recipe. My family loved this recipe. My son asked me when I was going to make it again. I thought it was very good too, but it was a little dry. I think next time I'll make it without the flour for thickening. I think the cream cheese will make the sauce thick enough.
Date published: 2012-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a solid recipe. This is a solid recipe. I have made it twice now, but I made changes the first time that I cooked it due to the produce I had on hand and it was so delicious that I don't think I can ever make it as written. And that is the reason for the 4 stars. The changes I made were that I omitted the mushrooms and zucchini and used 1 large tomato, that I diced and cooked, until reduced, with the garlic before adding in the flour, seasonings, and chicken broth. I also used half a box of frozen spinach that I thawed and squeezed dry, before adding it to the tomato/garlic mixture. I basically followed the recipe as written the rest of the way. And it's definitely something I will make again and again. We're having it with grilled pesto chicken tonight! Can't wait! :-)
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! this is one of the best recipes, I have ever made. It is completely vegetarian, which pleased my husband and I because we are vegetarian. It's DELICIOUS, I mean, DELICIOUS!!!!! It's easy to make, creamy, so healthy, and no guilt after eating, it's mainly vegetables! We are having leftovers tomorrow, even though we wanted to eat all of it today! :) Yes, we will have this over and over!!!! Thanks Kraft, good choice!
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My whole family just loved this! My whole family just loved this!! I did add grilled chicken,extra garlic and a little salt to the veggies and it made it quite good. The only change I would make is that I would probably add the spinach after I added the Neufchatel Cheese and then add it all to the pasta. I like the spinach to be a little more cooked and wilted. Other than that I will for sure make this again!!
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great recipe! This is a great recipe! Any time I make a new recipe I follow the recipe to the letter. Then the second time I make it I adjust it more to my taste. This is one of the few recipes that I feel needs nothing added... it's perfect the way it is. My family LOVED it!! Let me encourage you to follow the recipe before you try changing anything. It doesn't need it.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good easy recipe. Good easy recipe. For nosliwamm... it is all up to your good judgement, taste and what is in your fridge or pantry. Zucchini can be replaced by artichockes, sliced cooked carrots or butternut. This is the kind of recipe that takes all kinds of changes. I personnally always add more garlic and parsley or other fresh herb and use less Phila.
Date published: 2015-09-21
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