As the temperature continues to drop, it’s impossible not to daydream about cheesy, baked carbs--a dish that really warms your soul. This killer casserole is guaranteed to satisfy those cold weather cravings. In it, you’ll find Italian-spiced ground pork, spinach, and tender bites of al dente penne, all enrobed in a rich tomato sauce. To top things off, there’s a crispy lid of toasty panko and melty mozzarella. The fact that it all comes together in one dish is even more reason to love it.
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Tuscan Heat Spice
Adjust rack to upper position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Wash and dry all produce.
Once water boils, add penne to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 9-12 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat (use an ovenproof pan if you have one). Add pork and cook, breaking up meat into pieces, until browned and cooked through, 6-7 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and Tuscan Heat Spice.
Stir marinara sauce, milk, and 1 TBSP butter into pan with pork. Bring to a boil, then stir in chili flakes (to taste) and half the spinach. (TIP: If you want more veg, stir in all the spinach!) Cook until spinach wilts, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir drained pasta into pan with sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper. (TIP: If your pan isn’t ovenproof, transfer mixture to a baking dish.) Evenly sprinkle with mozzarella and ¼ cup panko (we sent more). Drizzle with 1 TBSP olive oil.
Bake pasta until panko is browned,12-15 minutes. Divide between plates and serve.