BAKED CHICKEN SPINACH SPAGHETTI — This rich and creamy baked pasta dish features chicken, spinach and spaghetti in a cheesy Alfredo style sauce. It’s comfort food the whole family will love.
When it come to feeding a houseful of hungry teenage boys, nothing does the trick like a hearty baked pasta dish. And this Baked Chicken Spinach Spaghetti was a huge hit!
First of all, it’s hard to resist a cheesy Alfredo sauce. At least, it’s hard for me to resist. And while I opted to make this casserole with spaghetti noodles, in long noodle–like linguine or fettuccine–would work well too.
With the addition of chicken and fresh spinach, you’ve got a complete meal that will have everyone cleaning their plates and going back for seconds.
Even my veggie haters don’t mind the spinach in this dish.
And there’s nothing to stop you from adding more vegetables–mushrooms and peppers would be great additions to this delicious pasta bake.
I just love how the spaghetti gets a little crispy on top and around the edges. It’s my favorite part. Everyone else around here must feel the same way, because we’re always fighting over those crispy edges.
This recipe does feed a crowd, but no one is going to complain about leftovers. I certainly enjoy having this cheesy pasta dish again for lunch the next day.
This is also a great meal to make ahead and keep in the freezer, and it’s perfect if you’d like to take a meal in to a friend or neighbor who just had a baby.
This pasta is total comfort food, and is loved by everyone who tries it!
This one is destined to become a family favorite around here. I hope you love it as much as my family and I did!
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Tips for Cooking Pasta
Use a big pot: Cook pasta in a large pot–big enough to hold 6 quarts of water per pound of pasta.
Salt: Generously season your cooking water with salt. A few teaspoons per quart of water is a good place to start. Although a little more or less is fine, depending on your preference.
Don’t overcook: Boil your pasta to until it is al dente, which means it’s cooked, but still a bit chewy. You’ll want to test your pasta for flavor and texture every 20 seconds or so during the last few minutes of cooking.
If you’ll continue cooking the pasta in a sauce, or baking it in the oven, remove the pot from the heat a few minutes before it’s done to prevent overcooking.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Baked Chicken Spinach Spaghetti
- Produce: fresh baby spinach, garlic
- Alfredo pasta sauce
- Ricotta cheese
- Sour cream
- Mozzarella cheese
- Spices: basil, oregano, salt and pepper
- 1 pound uncooked spaghetti
- 4-5 ounces fresh baby spinach, chopped
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 2 (15 oz.) jars Alfredo pasta sauce
- 1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Cook spaghetti until just tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
- Stir spinach into warm spaghetti, followed by chicken and Alfredo sauce. Mix well. Spread half of mixture in the prepared baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, sour cream, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, egg, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Spread the ricotta cheese mixture of the spaghetti in baking dish. Top with remaining spaghetti and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 571 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 105mg Sodium: 734mg Carbohydrates: 62g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 4g Protein: 31g
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Betty Crocker