This tasty penne pasta primavera dish has a white cheese base. Great for potlucks and large groups.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
45 mins
1 hr 10 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, for 9 minutes.

  • While pasta cooks, place cream cheese into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 of the Italian salad dressing, mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk. Whisk until creamy and melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese; whisk cheese sauce again until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  • Place spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high power until soft, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and chop.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic; saute until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.

  • Drain the pasta, rinse the pot, and return pasta to the clean pot.

  • Stir cheese sauce into pasta until coated. Add cooked spinach and onion mixture; stir. Add red bell pepper and remaining Italian dressing. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Pour into the prepared baking pan. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

The recipe may taste bland; add seasoned salt or chili powder to spice it up. The more Italian dressing, the zippier it will taste.

Nutrition Facts

669 calories; protein 18.3g; carbohydrates 52.2g; fat 44.3g; cholesterol 49.9mg; sodium 1292.8mg. Full Nutrition