Sometimes the best ideas come to me when I have some ingredients that I need to use up before they spoil. Usually it’s some sort of fresh produce that I bought and never used. And then I just say to myself, self, what can I do with this bag of spinach? And that’s when it hits me. A creamy chicken and spinach pasta bake! Of course I had a jar of some roasted red bell peppers that I decided to throw in and it turned out creamy, cheesy and delicious! And the tiny humans joined the clean-plate club again and had seconds without even noticing there was spinach in it!
Start by boiling your noodles. Any shape will do. I found a box of these twisted-corkscrew-type noodles. I’m pretty sure the technical name is cavatappi. When the noodles are al-dente, drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in some olive oil for about 3-4 minutes.
Add chicken, salt and pepper. Cook for about 7 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Then add spinach and wilt.
Add cream cheese and stir to combine.
Place the cooked noodles in a large pot.
Add chicken, spinach and cream cheese mixture.
Add some parmesan cheese.
Then add roasted red bell peppers. Mix to combine.
Pour into a greased casserole dish. Top with more parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
1 – 16 oz box cavatappi noodles (or any other short-shape pasta)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 – 16 oz bag baby spinach
1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, chopped
8 oz light cream cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top
Boil noodles until al-dente, drain and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add chicken and cook for about 7 minutes until cooked through. Add spinach and wilt. Then add cream cheese and mix to combine. Place noodles in a large pot. Add spinach, chicken and cream cheese mixture. Then add roasted red bell peppers and parmesan cheese. Mix to combine. Pour into a greased casserole dish and top with more parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes until browned on top. Serve and enjoy!