Chicken Pasta Casserole
When you're looking for a healthy and warming recipe during the week, casserole recipes are always a good idea. This Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe has fresh spinach and chicken, for a casserole recipe that is similar to baked ziti, and one the whole family is sure to love. If your kids cringe at the thought of spinach, you can always leave it out.
There is just something about a casserole recipe that we can't resist. They are the perfect dinner recipe to make when the weather is cold, and you want something creamy, cheesy and full of good ingredients. This chicken pasta casserole recipe is easy to do, and it's a recipe that you will want to come back to time and time again.
Some of the ingredients you will need for this chicken casserole recipe include penne pasta, olive oil, and boneless chicken breasts. You will also need some jarred spaghetti sauce (you can also substitute your homemade version if you'd like), some cream cheese and some baby spinach. You'll also need some shredded mozzarella cheese and some grated Parmesan cheese too.
To start this simple recipe, you can preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray a nine by thirteen-inch baking dish with some nonstick cooking spray. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package so that the pasta is al dente. Drain the pasta and pour it into the prepared baking pan. You can then heat up some oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cut up the boneless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, then put in the pan and cook until browned. Add the Italian seasoning and some of the spaghetti sauce and tomatoes and let simmer for a few minutes.
A casserole recipe is a great way to use up some of the leftovers in your refrigerator, and create a recipe that everyone will love, with lots of good ingredients. Typically casseroles include ingredients like chicken or fish (with tuna being the most popular fish ingredient), a variety of chopped up vegetable, a binder in the form of flour/potato/rice/pasta and a topping with some cheese and crunch. When the casserole recipe is cooking the juices and liquids that are released from the meats and veggies, create a nice broth (you can also add some broth of your own if you'd like). Casseroles are usually cooked slowly in the oven, with the dish uncovered. Casserole recipes are a great dish to serve as the main dish recipe at the table, or can also be used as a side dish recipe. They are a great addition to any potluck dinner and are a popular recipe for all ages.
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