Creamy Fresh Greens Pasta Bake

  • Yield 8 servings

This dish stars fresh spinach and kale tossed with ziti pasta and Cheddar.

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn


2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups 2 percent reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
12 ounces dry ziti pasta, cooked until al dente and drained
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 cups chopped fresh kale
3 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 ounces grated Romano cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in flour, and cook 2 minutes. Add milk and cream, whisk, and cook until creamy and thick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine pasta, spinach, kale, sauce, cheeses and toss gently. Place in a 3-quart casserole dish, cover, and bake 30 minutes.



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