Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

This cheesy spinach and ricotta baked pasta saved the day.

You see, I had a dilemma. I don’t really care for leftovers most of the time. I get bored easily. It’s a thing. But I also can’t afford to waste food. If there’s a bowl of spinach and ricotta mixture left over from calzone grilled cheese sitting in my refrigerator, I can’t just let it go to waste. That bowl is probably worth two bucks. It hurts my heart to waste.

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20


Luckily, there was also some macaroni and a half empty jar of pasta sauce kickin’ around my kitchen. And since Emily went home, and it’s now just the two of us again, I had just enough ingredients lying around to make something completely new without leaving the house or spending another dime. Super score!

What’s better than gooey cheesy pasta with hidden spinach and tomato sauce for added flavor, texture, and a slight decrease in guilt. Of course, putting a slice of provolone over the whole thing can only make this situation a whole lot brighter. A perfect, individual one pot dinner that takes about five minutes of actual effort and helps you clean out your fridge and pantry. There are so many ways this recipe is winning. 

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

Oh, and it’s vegetarian, so you can share it with your veggie friends. Yay! I love my veggie friends. And I love pasta and cheese. And I really love saving money. Eating, though, eating is definitely the best part.

Spinach Ricotta Baked Pasta
Serves 2
Individual baked pasta with spinach, ricotta, tomato sauce, and topped with melted provolone. A great way to use up leftovers in a whole new way.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 4-6 ounces small pasta, I used macaroni
  2. 1/2 cup spinach and ricotta mixture
  3. 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  4. 2 slices provolone
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a medium pot, boil pasta until al dente. I always cook mine one minute less than the box suggests. Drain pasta.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together spinach and ricotta mixture, tomato sauce, and cooked pasta.
  4. Spoon into ramekins and top with a slice of provolone.
  5. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet to make transport easier and to catch possible drips.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes to heat through and brown the cheese.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes and dig in. Pat yourself on the back for not being wasteful and for making a delicious dinner.
  1. Amounts are approximate. We're using up leftovers here, so get creative and use up whatever you have.
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Burgerology: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Teddy's University Burger

While little Em was here to visit, we stopped into one of her favorite spots in Waikiki, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. It also happens to be my favorite spot for a high quality burger at a decent price. I love it because their cheeseburgers are awesome, even when ordered sort of plain with only special sauce, but you can also add a few local flavors to jazz things up and make your bigger burger even better. Every burger is made to order, so you can get it just the way you like it.

Teddy's Burger

You have an option of a 5, 7, or 9 ounce burger here, though the 5 ounce is always plenty for me. I’ve tried the regular and the teri burger, and both were awesome. As always, a little bacon never hurt anyone, but if you order an egg on your burger, it might be a bit overcooked. If you’re going to order fries, I’d recommend opting for the spicy fries. I’m not particularly in love with french fries myself, so the extra seasonings really bring them to life for me.

Teddy's Spicy Fries

I know this post is supposed to be about burgers, but I have to say that Teddy’s serves one of the best crispy chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had. I especially like it buffalo style with blue cheese. Geoff is also quite fond of their fish and chips doused in malt vinegar. What a surprise!

Of course, a burger accompanied by a milkshake is sort of the perfect meal. The milkshakes at Teddy’s are amazing, and they’re definitely big enough to share. I’m partial to the chocolate peanut butter shake.

Em at Teddy's

If you don’t get too crazy with the toppings, you can eat at Teddy’s for about $10 per person. This is the kind of place you can stop into on a whim without stressing out about spending too much. It’s an order at the counter sort of joint, but the service is usually very friendly, and the food comes out pretty quickly. Remember, they don’t start cooking it until you order, so if they’re busy, be patient. It’s worth it. You’re going to leave happy. 

*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in anyway for this post. 

Be Awesome: Be Social

Nerd Fighter


If you’ve been paying even the slightest bit of attention, you’ve noticed by now that I’m a socially awkward super nerd. But hey, you’re here, so maybe you’re into that. Maybe, like me, you spend way too much time online because you don’t have any friends in real life. Did I just say that? 

The point is, we should totally hang out more. Let’s meet up on Facebook where I sometimes share random thoughts and the most ridiculous videos. If you’re sense of humor is as odd as mine, we’ll have lots of awesome times.

We should also hang out on Twitter, where I say the most truly ridiculous and random things. Don’t leave me all alone with my random self. There are also plenty of money saving RT’s coming your way because I’m very generous about letting people know how they can be cheap. It’s what I do best.

Want to see what my awesomely cheap life looks like out here in the middle of the ocean? Hit me up on Instagram. It’s not too scary. I promise.

See lots of weird, pretty, and ridiculously yummy things on Pinterest. All the cool kids are doin’ it.

And just in case you’re not getting enough of How to be Awesome, be sure to subscribe by email (in the sidebar) or RSS feed or follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss a cheesy moment.

Okay, was that enough disgusting self-promotion? Seriously, though, the world needs more love, and we all need more friends. Let’s hang out! It’ll be awesome.


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