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Artichoke Florentine Pasta

Easy Pasta Dinners

2/27/2020, 6 a.m.

Artichoke Florentine Pasta Servings: 8 / Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

• 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta

• 6 tablespoons butter, divided

• 4 garlic cloves, minced

• 12 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 16 cups)

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

• 3 cups 2% milk

• 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese

• 1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon pepper

• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

• 1/3 cup Italian-style panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

Directions:

• Cook pasta according to package directions. In a 6-qt. Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds. Add spinach; cook and stir just until wilted, 1-2 minutes. Remove from pot.

• In same pot, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, wine and seasonings; stir until smooth. Stir in artichoke hearts; heat through.

• Drain pasta; add to sauce, tossing to coat. Stir in spinach mixture. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with bread crumbs. Serve immediately.

Artichoke Florentine Pasta Recipe photo by Taste of Home