Baked Rigatoni With Spinach, Ricotta, & Fontina

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"I found this in an old issue of Food and Wine. It sounds quick and good. Here's how the magazine describes it. A quick take on spinach and ricotta cannelloni, this baked pasta is fast because there's nothing to stuff. The filling is simply tossed with cooked rigatoni that's then topped with fontina and baked to a golden brown."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (304.7 g)
  • Calories 822.3
  • Total Fat - 33.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 60.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1277.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 95.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 14.1 g
  • Sugars - 0.9 g
  • Protein - 39.9 g
  • Calcium - 1051.8 mg
  • Iron - 3.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Heat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Step 2

Oil a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Step 3

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the rigatoni until almost done, about 12 minutes. Drain.

Step 4

Put the pasta in the prepared baking dish and toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Step 5

Meanwhile, squeeze as much of the water as possible from the spinach.

Step 6

Put the spinach in a food processor and puree with the ricotta, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan, the nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir in half the fontina. Stir the spinach mixture into the pasta.

Step 7

Top with the remaining fontina and Parmesan.

Step 8

Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the top.

Step 9

Bake the pasta until the top is golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.


Step 10

You can substitute another chunky pasta, such as penne rigate, ziti, or fusilli. Boil all of these one or two minutes less.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Daily Inspiration

This dish is so easy to make and such a nice change from tomato-based pasta dishes. Sooo glad it makes a nice amount as I know it will be even better tomorrow. : ) The only change I made was to brown up some hot Italian sausage (had some to use up) and I added it to the spinach/ricotta mixture. Great recipe.

(30 Apr 2015)