Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta
Cozy & Comforting
Three Farm Daughters
Give tortilla chips the night off, and dig into this make-at-home version of your favorite bubbly baked skillet dip with pasta instead! Turns out, this oozy spinach artichoke combo is the perfect match for pasta recipes too, and this one couldn’t be easier.
No need to even boil the pasta first, just stir everything together and pop it in the oven where the pasta softens and cooks right in the sauce. More time to watch the game, am I right?
1 ½ boxes Three Farm Daughters Rotini
2 large bunches Fresh Spinach, around 8 cups (or 10oz package frozen spinach)
5oz block Feta Cheese
14oz jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tbsp flavored marinating oil from artichoke jar, set aside
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 tsp Dried Dill
Pinch Chili Flakes
3 cups Boiling Water
2 tbsp Cream Cheese
2 tbsp Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Grease a high-sided 10x15 inch baking dish and pop the block of feta in the center. Bake for 15 minutes until softened and lightly golden.
Next, tear up the spinach leaves into a large bowl. Add the quartered artichoke hearts along with 4 tbsp of their marinating oil from the jar. Then add garlic, chili, dill, cream cheese and soured cream. Massage everything together using your hands, squeezing the spinach leaves until compacted and thoroughly combined. Season to taste.
Once the feta has baked for 15 minutes, remove from the oven then add the pasta and spinach mixture to the baking dish.
Pour 3 cups boiling water over the lot, stirring gently to distribute the melted feta. The pasta will absorb the liquid as it cooks, so don’t panic if it looks very wet at this point!
Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake until pasta is tender, around 20-25 minutes total. Check after 15 minutes, giving it a good stir and adding more boiling water if the pasta starts to look dry. Re-cover with foil, then return to the oven until pasta is done and sauce has thickened.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the foil, then stir and serve.