Cheesy Italian Rotini Pasta Bake #CountryCrockCasserole

As a child, I remember Country Crock being the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving table.  I love dinner rolls with spreadable butter, it is totally my weakness.  So, when I was asked to join the Country Crock Casserole Club, I was excited to learn new ways to use the product.

My first mission was to put my own spin on the popular Easy Mac & Cheese Veggie Chicken Casserole.  Because we had Chicken Parmesan on the menu, I decided to use my provided ingredients to put together a Cheesy Italian Rotini Pasta Bake inspired by a recipe I found online.  You see, my kids are not a fan of vegetables, but at least with an Italian theme, I could sneak in some tomatoes.

What you need:

  • 8 ounces rotini, cooked as directed, drained
  • 2 tablespoons Country Crock Light
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

How to Make It:

  • Grease a 2-quart baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oven to 350°.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan; add onion and sauté for about 3 to 5 minutes, until onion is tender.

  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, and basil; cook for 2 minutes, until heated through.
  • Taste and add the pepper and salt.  Stir in the hot cooked rotini.

  • Stir in 1 cup of the cheese; spoon into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese and breadcrumbs over the top of the casserole. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

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This post is the opinion of Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Comments

  1. van pham says:

    Definitely to butter up bread to make garlic bread. Quick and easy.

  2. Lorena Keech says:

    To make my stuffed french toast.

  3. Maryann D. says:

    I like to use this with vegetables or on English Muffins.

  4. Breanne says:

    As a spread

  5. Shannon says:

    I love to use it as a spread on breads and pancakes / waffles

  6. rod jackson says:

    love it on fresh sweet corn

  7. Cheryl F. says:

    I love to use Country Crock on bread, vegetables, and in baking and cooking.

  8. Donna Kellogg says:

    I like to mix it with garlic and make garlic bread

  9. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we use Country Crock with a splash of olive oil to saute vegetables.

  10. Mihaela D. says:

    as a spread

  11. TawndaM says:

    in/on everything! Makes the BEST grilled cheese! lol

  12. Ellie W says:

    I use it for everything. I use it instead of butter.

  13. Jennifer T. says:

    I use it as a spread on veggies, toast, and sometimes in baking.
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  14. I like to use it on piece of warm homemade rosemary bread.

  15. I use it on buttermilk biscuits and in garlic mashed potatoes

  16. Francine Anchondo says:

    to put on my veggies

  17. Livivua Chandler says:

    I use it for all the cooking off.

  18. I love to use it at breakfast time, there is nothing better than a toasted tomato sandwich with country Crock spread.

  19. Tabathia B says:

    I love it on croissants and toast

  20. I love to use Country Crock on bread.

  21. we have been using it lately on our fresh corn out of the garden

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