Saturday, May 11, 2013

Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole

This is a delicious and easy baked pasta casserole.  It is really creamy and yummy.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
2 cups packed baby spinach leaves, you can leave them whole or chop them
2-3 cup cooked chicken that is chopped ( I use rotissire chicken)
8 ounces cream cheese
1 lb. pasta, orecchiette (little hats) or farfalle (bowties), cooked al dente

Salt and Pepper to taste
1 1/2- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese for the top

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spray a 9x13 pan well.
In a large pot, cook the onion in the oil.  Cook until soft.  Add the garlic and cook another minute.  Stir in the spinach and cook and stir until wilted.  Add the chicken, cream cheese and seasonings.  Cook and stir until cheese is melted and coats the vegetables and chicken.  Add the still a little bit firm pasta and stir well.  Transfer to the prepared pan and top with the mozzarella cheese.  Bake until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.  It will only take about 15- 20 minutes.  Let set for a few minutes before serving.

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