Friday, May 13, 2011

Baked Brie with Pasta and Spinach

This was good. Really good. Beyond good.
 No kidding!

When I saw this one in Jamie's Food Revolution, I bookmarked the page with a bright Post-it arrow. This was a must try. Then I saw it again on the girlichef blog and there was no way I wasn't having this at some point. 
No one in my family would eat Brie, they are cheese challenged, so I had to cut the recipe down to make it just for me. With leftovers for another day. Instead of a round of Brie, I used a wedge. Trimmed the rind off, melted it as the recipe said, and then poured it off into the pasta pot to mix it up with the rigatoni and the spinach.


and wouldn't you know it? The picky one loved it. Go figure out teenagers. I can't. I need to make this one again. And soon!

Baked Brie with Rigatoni and Spinach
Source: Heather @ girlichef blog, original recipe adapted from Jamie's Food Revolution (Baked Camembert Pasta)
Adapted There's Always Thyme to Cook
Printable Recipe

1 (8 oz) round of Brie
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves only
olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
16-oz uncooked rigatoni (or any other pasta)
1 bag of baby spinach (6 oz)
freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Line a sheet pan with foil. Score a circle in the top rind of the Brie, leaving a 1/2 inch border.  Trim back the circle of rind and eat or discard. Sprinkle the garlic over the exposed cheese. Crack some pepper over it. Sprinkle a bit of coarse salt on, too. Scatter the rosemary leaves over it and then drizzle the whole thing with a bit of olive oil.

Place the whole thing on the sheet pan and slide into the oven for about 25 minutes or until it melts. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil. (Try to time this to coincide with the last ten minutes or so of your Brie's time in the oven.) Salt the water and cook your pasta according to package directions. Add spinach to water during the very last minute of cooking time. Drain, saving 1 cup of your cooking water. Return pasta and spinach to pot, drizzle with a bit more olive oil, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and grate some Parmesan cheese over it, toss to combine.

Divide pasta mixture among serving bowls and serve with the baked Brie, passing it so that everybody can scoop or pour as much as they like over their individual servings of pasta. Or you can mix the baked Brie in the pot with the spinach and the pasta, adding a little of the reserved pasta water to thin it down to make it more of a sauce.


I loved the book, and bookmarked a number of recipes. Next time I'm definitely trying the lasagna.


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48 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! I love Brie and can't wait to try this one. Blogger is evidently up and running again but I still don't see my post from yesterday!

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  2. I would love it! All of my favorite ingredients! ♥

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  3. yummo,, and I love Jamie Oliver,, best of all I love his shows, filmed at his home with the beautiful gardens and out door oven,, this looks so good,, I'll try this for certain,,

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  4. Swoon. Brie. Bestill my heart! Next time you're making this, I'll come over and help you finish it off. :P

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  5. This looks heanvely Carol. I love spinach so much that I don't mind having it on every meal. Great job.

    Have a great weekend.

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  6. Did I comment on this already? Blogspot created rather a mess today.
    Anyway...you've got some ambrosial ingredients here! Brie (which I adore), spinach (which makes me feel healthy) and pasta with all the garlic, cheese and rosemary I'd love!

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  7. I get a kick out of your family...you can't win! Looks delicious..

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  8. Hehehe, brie....it is an acquired taste. I got to laugh to both our picky eaters. Pasta can never go wrong in our household.

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  9. I hate penne style pasta. Too thick for me. However, the pics make this dish look yummy! Hard not to like something with brie (okay any type cheese for me) and spinach!

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  10. I have sort of mixed feelings about Brie...but it looks SO, SO good.

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  11. I am not too fond of brie myself but I bet the BF would love this!

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  12. I love the term "cheese challenged" :)
    I guess I should include myself in that category as I am not a big fan of soft cheeses, or feta or blue...
    The idea of melting the Brie, though, intrigues me...I think I might like it if it was warm. Going to give it a try, thanks!

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  13. Everyone loves this cookbook! I can see I'll have to get myself a copy.

    Brie, spinach, and rosemary are three flavors I love but haven't had together (I don't think)-- I'll have to give it a try.

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  14. I love your term for your family - cheese challenged. These three ingredients speak to me the same way they did to you. I have to try this. I'm glad you went ahead and made it just for yourself. Good for you.

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  15. All these wonderful recipes, like yours today, make me so hungry. This looks like a great dinner idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. I am not too fussed on Brie because of its exture, but I think that this would work as it is melted. Must give this one a try.

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  17. i haven't tried this yet. Love this cookbook. Have added a big bookmark to this recipe. Will save it for a special meal, soon.

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  18. It seems I can never predict what my teenagers will eat... one day they hate something, and the next it's their favorite! This is such a popular cookbook. I really need to try some of the recipes!

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  19. Seriously! What's not to love, right!? I'm glad that you enjoyed it...and your picky teen. I've found a lot of great ones in that book. This would be perfect to share with I Heart Cooking Clubs this week (we cook along w/ one chef for 6 months- we're w/ Jamie right now) and our theme is Plenty-o-Pasta!! It's here:http://iheartcookingclubs.blogspot.com/ if you're interested. Thanks so much for the link lovin' ;)

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  20. This looks great! I love brie, but I have never used it in a pasta dish. I believe it is time!!

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  21. Ok, its 2:30 in the morning and I am drooling all over my bathrobe. This dish looks yummy. Brie cheese is one of our favorite cheeses.

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  22. Oh my Carol, this may end up being my favorite post of all times. Brie and pasta and spinach! It just looks so CRAZY delicious. Also, I never thought of making a one person meal just for me. My family is cheese challenged as well so a BIG THANK YOU for letting me know I could and should sometimes just make something for me and me alone! :)

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  23. What a fantastic pasta recipe! I am trying to think of what to use in place of the spinach. Hubby is not a spinach eater. I will post the end results.

    We had the salt and pepper chicken again on Friday night. Camping with friends, it was hit! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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  24. I really need to make this pasta! Looks totally delish.

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  25. This looks and sounds delicious! Wish I had a bowlful right now!

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  26. I am not cheese challenged! I'll try it! Have a great week!

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  27. I love Jamie’s shows...I wish he would come to our school system and do his magic. This recipe is divine...cannot wait to try it...and I am now going to order his book from Amazon. Thanks for the info and the great photo and recipe. Genie

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  28. Yum!
    Isn't that always the case? You cut something back thinking no one else will be interested and then they go and gobble it up!

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  29. A great recipe and perfect for a luncheon with the girls. I love rosemary in anything.

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  30. I do love pasta and this sounds yummy. V

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  31. It certainly looks wonderful and had to be if the picky one ate it!

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  32. Yum! I too thought it looked incredible when girlichef made it. ;-) It's great to have you cook along with us at IHCC.

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  33. Oh, I too fair swooned when I saw this over at girlichef last week, and now you have totally confirmed my belief that I need this and I need it very soon. Sounds divine.

    Sue :-)

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  34. OMG, this looks so delicious, I'll be making this! I burst out laughing about your family being "cheese challenged" oh only to be so lucky! I think I'm part mouse, l just love cheese! I haven't had breakfast yet, do you deliver? LOL!

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  35. It's a challenge trying to figure out what teens will eat sometimes. They seem to diversify their palette in their 20s.

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  36. This looks like the perfect pasta.

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  37. Pasta with brie sounds awesome. :)

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  38. yum yum yum! would love a bite of that!

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  39. happy to follow - would deeply appreciate your visit to my blog and following back :) your one stop blog for all things vegetarian :) cheers, Priya

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  40. omy! That looks delicious! I've never thought of using brie with my pasta. That's inspired. I've always had brie warmed up with brandy and walnuts and I guess assumed that was THE only way to have it. I'm so naive. :)

    Gotta make this one for sure!

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  41. This looks like a winner for me. I already know I'll love it. Now, need to convince my husband that brie is a cheese he likes... or just not mention the type of cheese!

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  42. I'm totally drooling! I'm nuts about spinach, I adore pasta, and whenever there's cheese involved, I'm all over it. :) I've never had baked brie before. I'd love to try it though. In fact, I've only sampled Brie once. Weird, huh. :)

    Anyway, I'm bookmarking this one so I can make it one evening for dinner. I'll put Brie on my grocery list too so I can try it next week. Silly question for you...is there any certain type of Brie that's better than others or are they all pretty much the same? Thanks! :)

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  43. @ Sheila, I'm clueless about cheeses. Got it from the supermarket, President brand. It was fine for the recipe!

    http://www.presidentcheese.com/cheese/products-brie-camembert.php

    Thanks for all the nice comments, always appreciated :)

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  44. OMG! This looks absolutely delicious.
    No problem figuring out what to make for dinner tonight! :)
    Barb

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  45. Ooops - did my comment just now before seeing that you had linked this in. Looks yummy.

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