Can you believe that I have never had an artichoke before this recipe? I have heard of spinach artichoke dip, pasta, sauces, etc. but had never tried it. I had no idea how to cook one, where to find one, etc. Although this recipe calls for the canned kind, I located the fresh kind as well haha. I ended up finding out that I love artichokes, which was a surprise. My family loved this meal and I even witnessed my kids eating it up. I was shocked!
6 tbsp butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups of fresh baby Spinach
2 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
3 tbsp flour
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup Mozzarella, shredded
12 oz Penne pasta, cooked, drained
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Crushed Red Pepper
Melt 2 tbsp butter in a skillet. Add in garlic and spinach and cook until spinach leaves are wilted, about a minute. Remove from skillet, set aside.
Melt 2 more tbsp butter in skillet and add in quartered artichokes. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until they color up a bit. Remove from skillet, set aside.
On low heat, melt 2 tbsp butter. Add in flour and whisk until combined. Pour in milk and whisk. Let it cook about 4 minutes or until it thickens. Add in Parmesan, Mozzarella, salt/pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir until melted.
Add artichokes and pasta. Toss until thoroughly mixed. Fold in spinach. Sprinkle bread crumbs and red pepper flakes on top. Serve!