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Recipe: Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Bake

Summary: Creamy, cheesy goodness so easy the kids can help!!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed (I used 10 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped) (optional)
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts (I used chopped rotisserie chicken from the grocery deli)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) container chive & onion cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare rigatoni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, spread oil on bottom of an 11×7″ baking dish; add onion in a single layer. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onion to a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Drain thawed spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels.
  4. Stir rigatoni, spinach, chicken and next 4 ingredients into onion in bowl. Spoon mixture into baking dish, and sprinkle evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Recipe inspired from Cookfood.net