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Cheesy Florentine Pasta

Cheesy Florentine Pasta with an easy creamy Parmesan sauce, fresh spinach and roasted bell peppers. The perfect weeknight meal that's also great as a cold lunch option!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 488 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup roasted peppers sliced


  1. Cook the pasta one minute shy of the directions listed on the box and drain (do not rinse).
  2. Add the butter to the pot you just used for the pasta (make sure to have at least rinsed it out well).
  3. Once melted add in the flour and whisk well, cooking for about a minute.

  4. Add in the milk slowly while whisking until smooth.
  5. Add in the salt, pepper, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and whisk well.
  6. Add the pasta back in and toss well.
  7. Add in the spinach and bell peppers and toss a bit more before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Florentine Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 580mg25%
Potassium 418mg12%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2405IU48%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 325mg33%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.