Chicken And Spinach Pasta Casserole

Chicken And Spinach Pasta Casserole

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Tender pasta, fresh spinach, and a creamy blend of cheeses all come together in this fantastic pasta casserole. Serve with garlic bread or a fresh Romaine salad for a complete meal!

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

10 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. rigatoni pasta
  • 8 oz, bag baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed and cut into 1" cubes
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 T. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 C. milk
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F then coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
Place a large pot of water over high heat then bring to a boil.
When the water comes to a boil, add a generous pinch of salt and pasta.
Cook, stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes less than the recommended cooking time on the package.
Drain completely, transfer pasta to a large mixing bowl then set aside. Leave colander in the sink to drain the spinach.
Place large skillet over medium heat, add spinach and ¼ C. of water.
Cook, stirring frequently, just until the spinach is wilted and becomes dark green.
Remove spinach from pan then place in the strainer. Press as much water as possible from the spinach by pressing with the back of a spoon then set aside to cool.
Return skillet to heat then add olive oil.
When the oil is hot, add cubed chicken then cook for 2 minutes until chicken begins to turn white.
Add salt, pepper, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, and onion then stir to combine.
Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken becomes light golden brown and is barely cooked through.
Transfer chicken from skillet onto a plate then set aside.


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