Creamy Rigatoni Florentine


Pan-roasted garlic adds heady savor to a rich and creamy basil-infused tomato sauce. Tender cubes of sauteed chicken and fresh, green spinach go for a quick simmer along with cooked rigatoni. Toss this marvelous meal with mozzarella cheese and serve.

close up view of Creamy Rigatoni Florentine topped with cheese in a pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken, cubed

  • ¼ cup sliced fresh mushrooms, or more to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 pint half-and-half

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach, chopped

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese, or more to taste

  • 8 leaves fresh basil, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; saute chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add mushrooms to skillet; saute until mushrooms are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; saute until fragrant and golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Stir spaghetti sauce, half-and-half, and Italian seasoning into mushroom mixture; cook and stir over medium heat until sauce thickens, 10 to 15 minutes. Mix cooked chicken and spinach into sauce and cook until spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir pasta into sauce and add mozzarella cheese; stir until cheese melts. Garnish dish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

592 Calories
25g Fat
59g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 592
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 578mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 273mg 21%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 855mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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