Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 10

    ounces dry pasta (I used a combination of rotini, farfalle and penne. Any similar size would work.)

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • ½

    onion, chopped

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 4

    ounces chive and onion cream cheese

  • 1

    cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)

  • 1

    cup whole milk, heavy cream or half-and-half (I used half-and-half)

  • ½

    cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2

    cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ½

    teaspoon salt

  • ½

    teaspoon black pepper

  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 1 - 1½

    cups chopped fresh spinach

  • 2

    cups cooked chicken (cubed or shredded)

  • ½

    cup fresh tomatoes, cut into large chunks (I used grape tomatoes sliced in half)

  • Fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a medium casserole dish with non-stick spray. (Mine was a 10" round, but a 9 x 13 would work fine.) Cook pasta in salted, boiling water to al dente. Drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking, heat butter in a medium saute pan set to medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes to slightly soften veggies. Do not brown. Add in cream cheese and stir to melt. Reduce heat to low. Stir in sour cream, milk, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir until everything is well-combined and melted. Turn off heat. Combine the pasta, chicken, spinach and tomatoes in a large bowl. Add in the sauce and gently stir to coat. Pour into the prepared baking dish. (I drizzled in a little more half-and-half over the mixture once it was in the baking dish because it looked a little dry to me.) Top with the remaining mozzarella. Bake uncovered for about 20 -25 minutes ... or until casserole is bubbly and beginning to brown. Top with basil or parsley for garnish. NOTE: In order for the pasta bake to not dry out, I place the baking dish on a sheet pan and add 1 - 2 cups of very hot water to the sheet pan once in the oven. This will create steam during the baking process and will help to keep everything moist.


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