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Easy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

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This Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake is the perfect dish to make when you want something easy, delicious, and comforting. The spinach adds color and texture while the chicken provides protein and healthy fats.

Chicken and spinach casserole in a white baking dish.

This chicken casserole takes ordinary ingredients and turns them into a delicious dinner that is easy to make. Serve it with some garlic bread or salad for a complete meal that will satisfy your whole family!

Ingredients

To make this chicken casserole that is similar to Chicken Florentine, you need the following ingredients:

  • frozen spinach
  • rigatoni pasta
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • cubed cooked chicken
  • Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • shredded mozzarella cheese

How To Make a Chicken and Spinach Pasta

You start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place thawed spinach in a strainer and set aside to drain well. Prepare pasta according to directions.

While the pasta cooks, place oil in the bottom of a 7×11-inch baking dish (with cover). Add the onion in a single layer and bake, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onions to a large bowl and set the baking dish aside.

Press spinach between 2 paper towels to remove any remaining liquid. Stir pasta, spinach, chicken, tomatoes, cream cheese, salt, and pepper into onion in a bowl. Spoon into the baking dish and top with cheese.

Bake, covered, for 30 minutes; uncover and bake for 15 more minutes or until bubbly.


If you like casseroles, check out our Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe, Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole with Ritz Crackers recipe, and our recipe for a Cheesy Breakfast Casserole.

Chicken and spinach casserole in a white baking dish.

Chicken and Spinach Pasta

This Chicken and Spinach Pasta casserole takes ordinary ingredients like chicken, spinach, cream cheese, and pasta and turns them into a delicious dinner that is easy to make.
4.69 from 19 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 476kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed
  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 14.5 ounces Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces chive-and-onion cream cheese softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place spinach in a strainer and set aside to drain well. Prepare pasta according to directions.
  • While pasta cooks, place oil in bottom of a 7×11 inch baking dish (with cover). Add onion in a single layer and bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onions to a large bowl and set baking dish aside.
  • Press spinach between 2 paper towels to remove any remaining liquid. Stir pasta, spinach, chicken, tomatoes, cream cheese, salt and pepper into onion in bowl. Spoon into baking dish and top with cheese.
  • Bake, covered, for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.

Notes

Recipe excerpted from Alabama Hometown Cookbook, copyright 2016, and reprinted with permission.

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 36g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 698mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g
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Serve this yummy entree with a side salad and some crusty French bread and you have an elegant meal that would be just as great for serving to company as it is for serving to your family. This is a delicious meal from the Alabama Hometown Cookbook that you will want to add to your weekly meal plan.

White casserole dish with pasta, chicken, cheese, and spinach.

Alabama Hometown Cookbook

Alabama Hometown Cookbook cover.

The Alabama Hometown Cookbook is part of the State Hometown Cookbook Series by Great American Publishers. The book is a collection of recipes from people across the State of Alabama, including personal recipes from the authors’ own families.

The recipes are an insight into the culinary heritage of people who lovingly call Alabama home. The recipes cover everything from appetizers to desserts. Included in the book is information about festivals around Alabama organized by months.

Some of the recipes that got my attention are:

  • USS Alabama Shrimp Deviled Eggs
  • Irondale Cafe Cornbread
  • Full Moon Bar-B-Que’s Marinated Slaw
  • Peach Barbecue Sauce
  • Chelsea McLean’s Island Curry Chicken
  • Cajun Barbecued Shrimp
  • Old Southern Pound Cake
  • Alabama Bourbon Pecan Balls

Look for Alabama Hometown Cookbook at your local retailer or at Amazon.com.

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7 Comments

    1. In step 2, it says to prepare pasta according to package directions. So, the 8 ounces of pasta listed in the ingredients is uncooked. (After you cook it, it will weigh more than that, but you don’t need to worry about the weight.)

  1. 5 stars
    This was absolutely AMAZING with the following modifications. I used a 10oz bag of fresh spinach and sauteed it with a tsp of minced garlic and olive oil instead of using the frozen spinach. I also doubled the cream cheese and canned tomatoes. It came out perfect and my family was making audible moans as they ate this. This is going in our regular rotation. A new favorite!

    1. 5 stars
      I left a couple of things out of my last review and comments so let me start all over with my modifications. I sauteed the chopped onion with a tsp of garlic for a couple minutes then added a 10 oz bag of fresh spinach and sauteed until wilted. I doubled the cream cheese and the canned tomatoes and used whole wheat bow tie pasta and it was absolute PERFECTION. The added cream cheese and tomatoes also kept the leftovers from being dry the next day.

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