Spinach Chicken Pasta Bake

My kids prefer to keep their food in separate little piles – veggies here, potatoes there and meat over there. They’re also not big fans of sauce – they even prefer salad without dressing – go figure. As a result we rarely have casseroles. However, this chicken and spinach pasta bake (we even avoid the word “casserole”) went over pretty well. I think the lack of a thick sauce and the fact that the ingredients were still identifiable helped.  Of course, the cheese helped too!

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Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

Photos don't do this simple dish justice. Whole wheat pasta, chicken, tomato sauce, spinach and cheese make a great weeknight meal for the family.
Prep : 15 mins
Cook : 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups chopped chicken fully cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots shredded
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper diced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cook pasta until just al dente. Drain.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute until soft but not brown.
  • Add chicken, carrots, red pepper, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and oregano. Stir and cook for 1 – 2 minutes until heated.
  • Stir in flour to coat evenly, cook for 1 minute stirring constantly. Stir in diced tomatoes and spinach. Cook until spinach has wilted.
  • Add cooked pasta and 1 cup of cheese. Mix well and transfer into a lightly greased casserole dish.
  • Cover with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 871kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Sodium: 767mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Iron: 7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta bake, spinach, whole wheat pasta

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