Pasta Al Forno with Three Cheeses, Spinach and Caramelized Shallots

Daphna Rabinovitch Recipe By
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  • Cooking and Prep: 1 h 10 m
  • Serves: 8
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Ingredients (16)

Pasta

Topping

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For the Pasta

  1. In a skillet set over medium heat, melt two tablespoons of butter. Add shallots; cook, stirring often, for about 20 minutes or until golden and softened. With water still clinging to the leaves, add spinach to skillet. Cook, stirring, for about two minutes or until spinach is wilted. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium heat, melt remaining butter. Sprinkle flour over butter; cook, whisking, for one minute. Pour in warmed milk. Cook, whisking, for about eight minutes or until lightly thickened. Remove from heat. Whisk in Monterey Jack, Asiago and feta cheeses until melted and smooth. Set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about eight minutes or until still quite al dente. Drain well. Stir cheese sauce into pasta. Stir in shallot/spinach mixture and seasonings. Transfer mixture to 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

  5. In separate bowl, stir together breadcrumbs and melted butter until breadcrumbs are thoroughly moistened. Stir in Parmesan. Sprinkle evenly over pasta in dish.

  6. Bake in centre of preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until topping is light brown and casserole is warmed through.

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  • Alyssa

    A little excessive, but tasty

    The bechamel technique of making a cheese sauce was effective (and tasty), but as I was following this recipe, it turned out for me that the amount of cheese it called for was a bit too excessive for the amount of pasta, shallots, and spinach I had. I ended up needing to add some mushrooms I had in my fridge in order for it not to be too much sauce. I also followed the recipe for the amount of breadcrumb mixture needed, and I ended up with maybe a cup and half (if not more) in excess of what I needed to cover the top of the dish before baking it in the oven as well. I would maybe adjust these amounts in the future if I ever repeat the recipe, but it made for a good, rich meal during Shavuot and was certainly quite filling.
    Posted by ARose91 |June 4, 2020
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  • Laura Maoz

    Where do the spices go?

    The spices are listed in the ingredients, but the instructions don't include them. Thanks!
    Posted by pedocare |May 25, 2018
    Replies:
    Chaia Frishman
    I would add them to the cheese sauce. I will edit this. Thanks.
    Posted by Chaiaadmin|May 25, 2018
    0
 
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  • Alyssa

    A little excessive, but tasty

    The bechamel technique of making a cheese sauce was effective (and tasty), but as I was following this recipe, it turned out for me that the amount of cheese it called for was a bit too excessive for the amount of pasta, shallots, and spinach I had. I ended up needing to add some mushrooms I had in my fridge in order for it not to be too much sauce. I also followed the recipe for the amount of breadcrumb mixture needed, and I ended up with maybe a cup and half (if not more) in excess of what I needed to cover the top of the dish before baking it in the oven as well. I would maybe adjust these amounts in the future if I ever repeat the recipe, but it made for a good, rich meal during Shavuot and was certainly quite filling.
    Posted by ARose91 |June 4, 2020
    0
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  • Laura Maoz

    Where do the spices go?

    The spices are listed in the ingredients, but the instructions don't include them. Thanks!
    Posted by pedocare |May 25, 2018
    Replies:
    Chaia Frishman
    I would add them to the cheese sauce. I will edit this. Thanks.
    Posted by Chaiaadmin|May 25, 2018
    0

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