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Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Rigatoni Recipe
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Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Rigatoni Recipe

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Get 'em to say Yes! to zucchini - and spinach - with this creamy rigatoni pasta dish. Just another day in the life of a rock-star mom.
Recipe provided by KRAFT®
TOTAL TIME: Prep Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups (1/2 of 16-ounce package) rigatoni pasta, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil leaves, oregano leaves and crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 ounces (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA® Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
  • 1 package (6 ounces) baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup KRAFT® Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups KRAFT® Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a Touch of PHILADELPHIA®, divided


  1. HEAT oven to 375°F.
  2. COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  3. MEANWHILE, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 4 min. or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Add flour and seasonings; cook and stir 1 min. Stir in broth; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until thickened. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until melted.
  4. DRAIN pasta; return to pan. Add zucchini mixture, spinach, Parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella; mix lightly. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining mozzarella.
  5. BAKE 10 min. or until mozzarella is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Rigatoni in KRAFT® Natural Shredded Cheese 2014

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Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"I am only giving it four stars because I did not put it in the oven, so I don't feel I can rate it honestly to the recipe, or on how it would taste. It is hot here where I live, so did not want to turn the oven on. Once everything was together in a large saucepan I went ahead and added the 1-1/2 cups of mozzarella and the parm, stirred it in and covered it. I left it on low for a few minutes so everything could blend. It was very tasty! Every bite I was able to taste something else, the mushrooms, the spinach or the zucchini. I am looking forward to leftovers tomorrow just to see if the flavors blended even more!"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"Good! Next time I will add some bread crumbs on top for crunch."

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