Artichoke & Spinach Penne Casserole

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Here’s another recipe that’s easy to prepare and only 237 calories per serving.

Skinny Artichoke & Spinach Penne Casserole

Skinny Artichoke & Spinach Penne Casserole

Yields: 8 servings | Serving size: 1/8 of recipe | Calories: 237 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 18 | Carbohydrates: 36 g | Sodium: 421 mg | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 14 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7


  • 4 cups cooked whole wheat penne (cook to al dente)
  • 6 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara, no sugar added
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 cup part-skim, shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup ricotta, low-fat
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Chop or tear spinach leaves into small pieces. Add olive oil to a large skillet, heat to medium-low, add spinach and cook just until wilted, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked penne, marinara, wilted spinach and artichokes, toss to combine.
  4. In another large mixing bowl, combine cheeses, egg white, oregano, black pepper, red pepper flakes and salt.
  5. In a 9" x 13" casserole dish, add 1/2 of penne mixture, top with 1/2 of cheese mixture and continue layering until all ingredients have been used. The cheese mixture should go on last. Sprinkle parmesan over pasta and additional freshly ground black pepper if desired. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

16 Comments on "Artichoke & Spinach Penne Casserole"

  1. Kayla  June 2, 2013

    This was really, really good! Even my two-year-old finished her plate!

  2. Shana  August 1, 2013

    How is this only 176 calories for 6 servings? I came up with 491 calories for 6 servings. The whole wheat penne pasta alone is 200 calories per serving. 491 is better than other meals I've had, but what did I do wrong??

    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2013

      Shana, I’ll redo the data and see if there could have been a mistake. Thanks!

  3. Glenda  August 4, 2013

    491 sounds more like it, especially with cottage cheese, ricotta cheese and mozzerella cheese.

  4. Dawn  August 22, 2013

    at the top it says 1/8 of the recipe is 237 calories. That seems believable

  5. Skinny Ms.  August 23, 2013

    Diane, The fiber is 5 g per serving. Typo has been corrected. Thanks! 🙂

  6. autumn  September 28, 2014

    Would this make a good freezer meal? And, should I not bake it before freezing?

    • SkinnyMs  September 29, 2014

      Autumn, Yes, this would be a good freezer meal. Bake it, cool to room temperature, freeze in individual portions or altogether in airtight container or resealable freezer bags. Reheat from frozen at about 325 to 350 degrees F. Alternately, you can not bake and freeze, then just cook longer than directions from frozen.

  7. jeanne  February 18, 2017

    yes it isn’t the whole pasta for the meal, it is 1/8th. Looks great though and think I will try this out tomorrow.

  8. Kim  July 28, 2017

    Can meat be added?

    • Nichole Furlong  July 28, 2017

      Great question, Kim! You could definitely add meat! I would suggest ground turkey sausage!

  9. Chardonais  October 16, 2017

    Very good! I added some mushrooms and onions (only because I had some leftover in the fridge I wanted to use up). You can put pretty much anything in this using the same cheese sauce – so many possibilities!

    Again, reallly good and filling. A serving was a good size!

    • Nichole Furlong  October 16, 2017

      We’re so happy to hear you loved the recipe! Great idea adding the mushrooms and onions – I bet it was delicious! Yum!

  10. Olivia  November 6, 2017

    Hi so what was the confirmed calories per serving?


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