Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe

Baked Pasta with Chicken
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Ratings (4)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 Casserole (8 to12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
351 Calories
12g Fat
37g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Casserole (8 to12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 22g
Calcium 123mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken pasta casserole bake is similar to baked ziti, but with added chicken and fresh spinach. If the kids don't like spinach, you can always leave it out.

Serve this chicken pasta bake with caesar salad and garlic bread.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 28 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 3 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, washed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Then, spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray.

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for "al dente." Drain. Pour into prepared baking dish.

  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. While oil is heating, cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.

  4. Brown chicken in oil. Add Italian seasoning, half of the spaghetti sauce and the drained tomatoes. Let simmer 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Cut cream cheese into small chunks. Add to chicken and tomato sauce mixture. Simmer until cream cheese is melted.

  6. Stir in spinach. Cook another minute, until spinach wilts slightly.

  7. Pour chicken mixture over pasta. Top with one cup of the shredded mozzarella. Top with the remaining spaghetti sauce, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

  8. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes, or until bubbly.