Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Something Smells Good!

I am proud to say that my delicious pasta bake is not only easy to prepare, but freezes great and reheats perfectly.

Rotelle pasta resembles little wheels with spikes. If you don't have rotelle, as I didn't when I wanted to cook this recipe, try campanelle which is another curved pasta and it worked great for me.

The kitchen is all yours, Alicia!

Rotelle Ricotta Bake
1 (16oz) pkg. rotelle (corkscrew) pasta
1 (8oz) pkg. sliced part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 eggs
1 (15 1/2 oz) carton part-skim ricotta cheese
1 (14 oz) jar marinara sauce
⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese or Romano cheese
1 tsp. salt to taste
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. basil, optional
½ tsp. garlic powder, optional

Heat oven to 375°F.

Cook rotelle according to package directions. Drain.

Butter a 13 X 9 inch baking pan.

Cut mozzarella into ¾ inch strips.

Lay spinach in a colander and press out as much liquid as possible.

Lightly beat eggs in a large bowl, stir in ricotta cheese, marinara sauce, Parmesan or Romano cheese, salt, black pepper, spinach, rotelle and half of the mozzarella.

Spoon into prepared pan. Cover with foil.

Bake until hot, about 15 minutes.

Remove foil.

Arrange reserved mozzarella strips diagonally in rows over rotelle about 1½ inches apart.

Bake until cheese melts, 5 - 10 minutes more.

Mangiare Bene!

While dinner is baking, how about a teaser from one of Alicia's novellas?

Madison Andrews has spent her entire life ~unsuccessfully~ searching for love. She begins having vivid dreams of the same woman every night, and soon, Madison believes this woman is the love she has been searching for. Madison's dreams become more intense and she realizes the dreams she's having recreate moments taken from actual events from her life ~~ and this woman is there for all of it. Madison searches for her, but how can she find a woman she knows everything about... and yet nothing? She doesn't even know her name.

To read more of HER NAME, please click onto Amazon.

Alicia Joseph grew up in Westchester, Illinois. Her first novella, Her Name, was published by Musa Publishing in 2014. Her Name is a sweet, romantic story about a woman who believes the beautiful woman she dreams about is the real love of her life.

Loving Again is her second published novella. Alicia is currently working on a new novel called A Penny on the Tracks, a coming of age story about love and friendship. Alicia has many works-in-progress that she hopes to finish soon.

When she is not writing, the author enjoys volunteering with animals, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and playing “awesome aunt” to her nine nieces and nephews.

Learn more about Alicia Joseph on her blog. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. You had me at spinach, Alicia...and the bottle of wine that goes with this... LOL! Cheers for sharing this recipe, and best wishes for a bestseller!

  2. Oh Lordy, I can smell that delicious recipe from here! Luck all around this morning. I am flying by with too much to do!

  3. Anonymous9:31 AM

    Thank you for having me on your blog, Sloane! I hope you try this recipe, Sharon and Emma. You will love it!!

    1. You're very welcome, Alicia. Love your books!