Give your next cheesy pasta bake farmers'-market appeal with a blend of zucchini, mushrooms and fresh red peppers. And garlic. Don't forget the garlic!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
3 cups multi-grain rotini pasta, uncooked
1 tsp. oil
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Spread
1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese, divided
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 375ºF.
Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and garlic; cook and stir 3 min. Add flour and seasoning; cook and stir 1 min. Stir in broth; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until thickened. Add cream cheese spread; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until melted.
Drain pasta; return to pan. Add zucchini mixture, spinach and 1/2 cup shredded cheese; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake 10 min. or until shredded cheese 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.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 33g
Dietary Fibers 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
8 servings, 1 cup each
* 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.