Pasta, chicken, spinach, and cheese baked to bubbly perfection.

jr911

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Mix penne pasta, onion, chicken, diced tomatoes, spinach, and cream cheese together in a baking dish until the cream cheese melts and coats everything. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pasta mixture. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until heated through and beginning to brown along the edges, about 15 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

544 calories; protein 34.2g 68% DV; carbohydrates 53.2g 17% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 85.3mg 28% DV; sodium 331.9mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2014
I didn't follow the cooking instructions exactly as directed for this, but I wanted to make this because the ingredients sounded nice together. The directions don't say how you should cook the chicken, so I cooked it in a separate pan on the stove and then added the sautéed onion and garlic, (because how can you not have garlic?), to the chicken. I also used some basil and some italian seasoning on the chicken. I found it strange that this recipe had no added spices or anything. Then after that was mixed up a bit, I added the tomatoes and stirred in the cream cheese so that it could melt together nicely. Then I took all of that off the oven and mixed it in with the spinach and the cooked noodles and placed it in a casserole dish. Covered it with cheese and baked it in the oven. It was pretty yummy. I will say I accidentally made too many noodles because I used no yolk noodles instead of penne, so I think next time if I use the right amount of noodles, the flavors will be much better. This has a good basis for a delicious family pasta dish. I will make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/23/2014
It was horrible! Read More
(3)
89 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2014
I didn't follow the cooking instructions exactly as directed for this, but I wanted to make this because the ingredients sounded nice together. The directions don't say how you should cook the chicken, so I cooked it in a separate pan on the stove and then added the sautéed onion and garlic, (because how can you not have garlic?), to the chicken. I also used some basil and some italian seasoning on the chicken. I found it strange that this recipe had no added spices or anything. Then after that was mixed up a bit, I added the tomatoes and stirred in the cream cheese so that it could melt together nicely. Then I took all of that off the oven and mixed it in with the spinach and the cooked noodles and placed it in a casserole dish. Covered it with cheese and baked it in the oven. It was pretty yummy. I will say I accidentally made too many noodles because I used no yolk noodles instead of penne, so I think next time if I use the right amount of noodles, the flavors will be much better. This has a good basis for a delicious family pasta dish. I will make this again. Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2014
Chicken Spinach Pasta Bake Haiku: "My favorite combo. For things in a pasta bake, no surprise, it's good!" I've made many variations of pasta bakes, but my tastebuds always fall back on wanting my classic chicken/spinach, so I was happy to try out this recipe, only Oops! I didn't have cream cheese, but that's OK, b/c I just added some extra Italian-blend shredded cheese and it still retained its yummy factor. Also sauteed garlic along w/ the onion b/c something seems infinitely askew w/ the kitchen universe when I don't smell the 2 mating in olive oil together. Had to S&P to taste, but all in all, a successful pasta bake. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2014
This was tasty. I used leftover chicken I had grilled the night before. I did add garlic that I sautéed in zesty Italian dressing. I added the tomatoes sliced up cream cheese and spinach to that mix before mixing it with pasta. It got rave reviews in the family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2015
This was delicious! I typed in ingredients I had on hand and up popped this recipe. I followed Amber's review on mixing the ingredients. The creamy the aldente penne pasta just the right amount of tomatoes combined with everyone's favorites of chicken and spinach.....all compliment each other so well to make a great dish! Bravo?????? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2015
Absolutely delicious. The creamy texture and the flavor of the tomatoes makes it a thumbs up for our family. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2014
It was horrible! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2016
Yum! Changes: Sausage instead of chicken Extra can of italian tomatoes and added fresh garlic italian seasoning. Family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2017
I made this delicious dish for my family of 7 and they loved it! It doesn't tell you how to make the chicken but I sautéed it with garlic basil a dash of salt pepper and a dash of thyme. First I boiled the noodles (al dente') about 11 min. While boiling the noodles i sautéed the boneless skinless chicken tenderloins (with the seasoning listed above). I added the onions to the chicken and sautéed again for about 6 min. Once onions browned I added the penne pasta (drained of course). Then I added the diced tomatoes. I couldn't find "Italian-styled" diced tomatoes so I added Italian herb seasoning and about 2 teaspoons of sugar). I stirred that together and added it to the pasta chicken and onions. I transferred it to a big baking dish and added the cream cheese and spinach. I mixed all of it together in the baking dish and sprinkled the mozzarella cheese through the dish and on top for garnish. Baked it covered with foil for 30 min and it came out perfect! The entire family loved it! I will be making this again in the future and will save this as one of my favorite family dishes! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2014
Made this and it was okay but I probably won't make it again. Nice recipe to try but I added fresh garlic and more spices to the recipe too. Read More
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