Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole

I am craving the weirdest things this pregnancy. The things I want the most and even occasionally dream about are sushi (cooked of course) and anything with basil. Just thinking about those things makes my mouth water!
This morning I got up and all I wanted was pasta. Creamy yummy pasta full of goodness! So I went searching through some old cookbooks and came across this little guy. And I must say it hit the spot! One thing I love about pregnancy… food tastes SOOOO good! Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped white onion
1 clove minced garlic
2 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
8 oz. light cream cheese
1 box (1 pound) of bowtie pasta
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in spinach leaves, cook, stirring until wilted about 2 minutes. Add chicken, cream cheese and salt and pepper. Continually stir until everything is mixed well and cream cheese has spread over everything.

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water to stop cooking. Add pasta to chicken mixture stirring to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is melted.  Makes 8 servings.

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    • says

      I added about 1/3-1/2c of chicken broth to the cream cheese mixture before adding the chicken & noodles. This seemed to help everything get coated. Its in the oven now & I’m curious to see if that helped. Just thought I’d pass this along. :) Great casserole!(anything with cheese & pasta is a hit at our house)

  1. says

    I tried this, I even added milk, and agree that it seemed kinda dry.. I plan on bumping it up with doubling the onion, garlic, and at least making the cheeses go to 1 and half the amount required. I think it will taste really awesome.

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