Source: Rachael Ray Show (this was the top recipe of 2009!)
- 1 pound semolina or whole wheat penne
- 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 cups milk (you can substitute chicken stock for a lighter version)
- Freshly grated nutmeg, about 1/4 teaspoon or to taste
- 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and wrung dry in a kitchen towel
- 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped artichokes, defrosted and wrung dry in a kitchen towel
- Black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian Fontina cheese, plus additional for sprinkling on top
- 1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus additional for sprinkling on top
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta, salt water and cook pasta to al dente.
While the pasta water comes to a boil, place a medium pot over medium-low heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons, and the butter. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook the veggies until very soft, about 10 minutes. Then heat the broiler and position rack in the middle of the oven.
Turn the heat up to medium-high and sprinkle the flour into the pan. Cook for about 1 minute then whisk the wine into the pan, cooking for another minute to burn off the alcohol. Whisk the milk (or stock) into the pan and bring up to a bubble. Add the nutmeg, spinach, artichokes, salt and pepper to the sauce and simmer until thickened and vegetables are warmed through, 2-3 minutes more. Add 1 cup of each of the cheeses to the sauce and stir until melted.
Toss the prepared sauce with the cooked pasta and transfer to a casserole dish. Sprinkle some more Fontina and Parmigiano over the top and bake until the cheese has melted and the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.
(Note: if your oven is like MY oven, you might want to pop the dish in a preheated 350 oven for a bit before you turn the ‘broiler’ on. 30 minutes on broil in my oven likely would burn the house down! Oh, and I did use the chicken stock in lieu of the milk and it was still fabulous!)
FYI – I’ve been trying out loads of new recipes lately, so stay tuned! If nothing else, this ‘Main Dish Monday’ thing has me cooking outside of my box… and we’re eating GOOD over here these days!