Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Pasta Florentine
Pasta Florentine Eileen Goltz | Dairy
1 hour, 25 minutes 25 minutes
1 hour
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 oz. bow tie noodles
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 375°F.
  2. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
  3. In bowl combine the 1 cup mozzarella, cooked noodles ricotta, spinach, eggs, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 cup mozzarella over the top of the sauce. Spread the noodle mixture over the cheese and and then spread some more sauce over the top. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining noodle mixture, sauce and end with the mozzarella.
  5. Bake, uncovered for 40 to 50 minutes or until the top is golden.

Kashrut Instructions

SPINACH & ARUGULA:

Please note: Only flat leaf spinach is recommended because its flat surface lends itself to efficient washing. Curly leaf spinach is difficult to clean and check. It is therefore not recommended.

INFESTATION: Spinach and arugula tend to be highly infested throughout the year. Light green thrips are often found in the small curls of the leaves. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow (1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm.

INSPECTION:

  1. Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  2. Separate the spinach leaves and agitate them in the soapy solution.
  3. Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from the leaf surface. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf.
  4. Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead light to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Both sides of the leaf must be checked.
  5. If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf.