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spinach chicken penne bake

Spinach Chicken Penne Bake

  • Author: colorfulrecipes.com
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • Whole Grain Penne Pasta – 1/2 (16 ounce) package
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Half-and-Half – 3 cups
  • All Purpose Flour – 2 tbsp
  • Garlic Salt – 1/2 tsp or to taste
  • Dried Basil – 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Oregano – 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Grated Parmesan & Romano Cheese – 2 cups
  • Chicken – 3 cups, cooked & chopped
  • Frozen Chopped Spinach – 10 oz package, thawed/drained
  • Chicken Broth – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – 1 cup
  • Panko Bread Crumbs – 1/2 cup

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to the package instructions, drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, flour, garlic salt, basil, oregano and black pepper until combined.
  3. In a large pot, melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium high heat.
  4. Add half-and-half mixture to pot, stirring occasionally until slightly thick, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add Parmesan & Romano cheese and mix well. The cheese will thicken the sauce.
  6. Turn broiler on to the low setting in oven.
  7. Add the chopped chicken (I used rotisserie chicken), spinach and chicken broth to the pot. Give everything a nice stir.
  8. Let the mixture come to a boil an cook for about 5 more minutes, turn off heat and taste check then add the pasta and mix well.
  9. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and pour pasta mixture into the dish.
  10. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese & top with Panko bread crumbs.
  11. Pop the dish in the oven for about 8 minutes then turn broiler on to high for an additional 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and the crumbs are golden brown.

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