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CHICKEN AND SPINACH PASTA BAKE

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This Chicken Pasta Bake recipe is the one dish I’m most famous for. It has a fabulous filling and is a hearty meal for cold winter nights! The thick, melted cheese, savory noodles and spinach marry together to make a beautiful meal.

Not only does this recipe look pretty in a casserole dish for serving, but it makes your whole house smell warm and inviting.

This recipe is also great to take to new moms or someone who is sick and needs some cheering up.

I must tell you, this is one of my favorite dishes to make when we are having company over.I love to serve this at a dinner party because it has a nice presentation, is filling and usually there are leftovers to enjoy. You can cook & chop the chicken as well as cutting up several other ingredients in advance plus it has beautiful presentation. Added bonus: I frequently get asked for the recipe. It’s tried & true and from the kitchen of my friend, Jessica’s mom. She found it in a Southern Living magazine back in 2007.

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INGREDIENTS:

 

⦁ 8 oz uncooked rigatoni
⦁ 1 T olive oil
⦁ 1 c chopped onion
⦁ 1 (10 oz) pack frozen spinach, thawed
⦁ 3 c cubed, cooked chicken breasts
⦁ 1 (14 oz) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, un-drained
⦁ 1 (8 oz) container Philadelphia chive & onion cream cheese
⦁ ½ t salt, ½ t pepper
⦁ 1½ c shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare rigatoni according to pkg directions. Spread oil on bottom of 11×7 in baking dish; add onion in a single layer. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onion to large bowl, set aside.
Drain chopped spinach well, pressing between paper towels. Stir in rigatoni, spinach, chicken, & next 4 ingredients into onion in bowl. Spoon mixture into dish & sprinkle evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake covered at 375 for 30 minutes; uncover & bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.

Amount Per Serving (recipe is 4 servings)
 Calories 330

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