Monday, August 15, 2011

Chicken Florentine Bowtie Pasta

I'm always on the search for great pasta dishes, especially quick, week-night type dishes that can be thrown together in less then 30 minutes.

Here's another great recipe from one of my favorite blogs. Jenny from Picky Palate is always creating the best dishes that are kid (and adult) friendly. I often look to her recipes for inspiration in my own kitchen. This recipe was yet another winner in my house and I think you will enjoy it too!

Chicken Florentine Bowtie Pasta
(adapted from Picky Palate)

2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
4 cups fresh baby spinach, washed
2 cups cooked boneless chicken, shredded or cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
2 containers of Philadelphia Cooking Creme
1 box bowtie pasta
1 1/2  cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used reduced-fat 2% milk)
Grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

Cook pasta to al-dente according to package directions. Drain.

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
Add the chicken, salt, and pepper and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the Cooking Creme. Stir well.
Add the pasta to the chicken mixture and mix well. Spread into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella cheese.

Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with desired amount of sprinkled parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!

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