Dinner for Hubby

Some of my best recipes are from Southern Living Magazine and this one has been a favorite for years. It is a good size recipe for four people then you have enough for seconds or left overs. Of course you can make it stretch further with hearty appetizers, a healthy salad and crusty bread. Sometimes I change it up a little depending on the ingredients I have on hand and it always turns out perfect.  My one suggestion is not to over mix the ingredients.  As a result the flavors will be more distinct and it will look more appetizing.

Chicken-n-Spinach Pasta Bake

Chicken-n-Spinach Bake

Chicken ‘n’ Spinach Pasta Bake                                   Southern Living, February 2007                              Makes 4 to 6 Servings Prep: 15 min., Bake 1 Hr

  • 8 oz. uncooked rigatoni
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 (10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • (8-oz.) container chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Prepare rigatoni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, spread oil on bottom of an 11×7 inch baking dish; add onion in a single layer.
  3. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onion to a large bowl, and set aside.
  4. Drain chopped spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels.
  5. Stir rigatoni, spinach, chicken and next 4 ingredients into onion in bowl.  Spoon mixture into baking dish, and sprinkle evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake, covered, at 375 for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes or until bubbly.
Serve with crusty bread

Serve with crusty bread

Notice in the pictures, I substituted the can of tomatoes for fresh grape tomatoes sliced in half. There is nothing better than fresh tomatoes that really taste like tomatoes.   I also added 1/2 cup parmesan cheese mixed in with the mozzarella.  Garnish with fresh Italian flat leaf parsley.

Enjoy!

 

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2 thoughts on “Dinner for Hubby

  1. Marcia Allen says:

    Yum!!!! That looks like it belongs on Tuesday night’s dinner menu… weather says ‘rain’ and that sounds warm and cozy 🙂

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