Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake, prepared with spinach and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbly and delicious!

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake Diethood Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

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Hey, you! Happy Sunday!!

Whaaaaaat? Look at us! We’re livin’ one hour ahead like it ain’t no thing! Happy Spring Forward, everyone! Let’s make a toast to more sunlight and wine!

What do you mean, why wine?! It’s wine… you should always toast wine. Right? Right?!?

Also? It’s the 9th of March and it’s snowing. SNOWING! March 9! … Insane.

However, this food… besides being completely delicious… it’s creamy, it’s cheesy, it’s flavorful, it’s BEYOND!

Chicken Pasta Diethood Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

It has been too long since we talked pasta and chicken. Too. Long. In fact, those two ingredients together haven’t appeared on here since that Chicken Bruschetta Pasta, which was way back in September! Of 2013!!

This is so easy to make. Boil some pasta, cook some chicken, make a cheese sauce, stir in some spinach, top with tomato sauce, bake, and dinner is done!

…Ooookay… now that I wrote it all out, it seems like a lot of work, but I promise, it.is.not. And it’s soooooo delicious! I also have this 20-month old that can confirm it – she inhaled a good quarter of the pan. For reals. She did. Girl can eat!

Obviously, lately, every pasta dish I make comes with cheese. Whether in dry, shredded form, or in a sauce, it’s still with lots of cheese. Care for a Spaghetti Beef Casserole?! Great stuff!

But, do you really need convincing? No, seriously… do you need me to convince you that cheesy pasta and chicken bake are good? Of course they are!

Pasta Chicken Diethood Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

I could just stare at this picture all day… I am in love with this dish!

Let’s Eat Up!

ENJOY!

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 00 minute

Yield: Serves 4

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake Diethood Recipe Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Creamy, cheesy pasta, chicken, and spinach tossed with tomato sauce and baked until bubbly and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-pound), cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (6-ounces) baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grease a casserole dish with baking spray; set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • Drain pasta and return to pot; stir in cheese, butter, and 1/4 cup milk; add more milk if needed. Continue to stir until smooth and well combined.
  • Transfer cheesy pasta into previously prepared baking dish and set aside.
  • Pour 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat.
  • Add cubed chicken and cook until done; about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Set chicken aside.
  • In a saucepan, add olive oil and cook over medium-high heat.
  • Add spinach, minced garlic and season with salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes, or until spinach is wilted, stirring frequently.
  • Add cooked chicken to spinach and stir in tomato sauce; cook over medium-high heat until heated through.
  • Spoon chicken and spinach mixture over pasta.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Serve.

Notes

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13 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Muna Kenny March 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM - Reply

    I love baked pasta dishes. It always has a more intense flavor. Your clicks are great!

  2. Emily @ Life on Food March 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM - Reply

    Oh man this looks yummy. A bowl of this and a big glass of red wine would make my night. Pasta bakes are all I crave right now.

  3. Kirsten March 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Reply

    Kate,
    Yum, this looks terrific. Wouldn’t you know it, I do have several pint containers of tomato sauce–so thanks for a recipe that uses *just that amount*!

  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wife March 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM - Reply

    Salvation! I was dreading coming up with something for dinner tomorrow and lo-and-behold I have everything I need to make this dish on hand rightthisinstant. It’s like you are staring into my pantry and saving my dinner. Thank ya!

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    Oh yes, I just found tonight’s dinner. Love this!

  6. Crystal @ Sew Creative March 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    P.S. I’d love for you to come link this up this week on Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays on my blog. :)

  7. Crystal @ Sew Creative March 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM - Reply

    Visiting you from the Inspired Cooks Tribe. This dish looks delicious! I have to try it. Pinned and shared. :)

    Best Wishes,

    Crystal

  8. Ramona March 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    I would love to have that for dinner tonight. :)

  9. Angie@Angie's Recipes March 9, 2014 at 7:52 AM - Reply

    The colour looks amazing! I am sure it tastes wonderful too.

  10. Laura Dembowski March 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM - Reply

    I’ll toast to more sunlight with this! I feel like we’re turning the corner toward spring.

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