Baked Rigatoni and Spinach:

I saw this on Dave Leiberman's show on Food Network. For me to try something that is shown on tv, all that matters is the dish should look good and be a simple one to follow. The very next day, its on my dinner plate. Absolutely loved this one!

I made a few changes based on what I had available at that time.

You will need:

3 Cups Rigatoni pasta
2 tsps olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
2 cups ricotta cheese or Creme cheese
3/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook rigatoni for 5 minutes in a pot of boiling, salted water. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

To make the Bechamel sauce:

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the onions and garlic. Saute till softened. Add the flour and stir until a smooth paste forms. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper, to taste. Let cool slightly.

Transfer cooled bechamel to a large mixing bowl and add the spinach and ricotta. Mix in rigatoni and transfer to a greased loaf pan. Top with grated mozzarella. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned on top, and the sides are bubbly.

Let sit for a few minutes before serving.


  1. wow!looks so yumm girl:))love those pictures

  2. love the amount of cheese that went into this :)

  3. love that photo - gonna try this - havent had much luck with cheese sauce but maybe if i stick to the measurements exactly. thanks!

  4. love this cheesy dish..Must have tasted too good

  5. What a lovely photo and isn't it great when you see something made on a foodie channel and you want to make it asap!! Now this DOES look scrummy :)

    Rosie x

  6. pasta looks delicious.. :)

  7. I love pasta and this looks delicious

  8. Pasta looks yummy...and the pictures make me drool over that

  9. Looks lovely. Yummy recipe. I am throwing pasta party this week love this recipe am gonna try this one

  10. rigatoni is one of my most fav. Looks delicious.

  11. Cheesy rigatoni who says no Nam :) Lovely dish

  12. Now that's a comforting plate of food!! Looks creamy and delicious! Nice one, Namratha! :)

  13. Looks great Nams! bechamel sauce is so easy to prepare once you get the knack for it, right? pasta is surely one comfort food!:)

  14. looks beautiful!!! The layers have come so well!

  15. looks absolutely delicious. its just that loads of cheese which makes me think twice before cooking it :)

  16. Thanks Dhuvya :)

    Hehe, thanks Rachel..another cheese fan :)

    Thanks Arundati, oh do try it, its very simple. The key is to keep stirring so that the flour doesn't get burnt and also to keep the sauce lump free when u add the milk. I'm sure will do fine this time :)

    Thanks Divya, it sure did..yummy to the last bite :)

    Thanks Smn:)

    It sure is Rosie dear, thanks! the best part is when it tastes as good as it looked on tv :D

    Thanks Anjali:)

    Thanks H:)

    Thanks Kamala..try it:)

    Thanks Sandhya:)

    Thanks Spicy, oh that's wonderful..I assure you, your guests will love it!! :)

    Thanks Uma...Rigatoni is my new fav now :P

    Thanks Cham dear :)

    Thanks Kalai :)

    It sure is Mansi, in fact this was the first time I made the Bechamel was a breeze really. :)

    Thanks Homecooked :)

    It tastes good too suman, try it!

    Hehe, u can reduce the cheese that goes on should taste just as good :)


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