I've also made the recipe with Italian sausage, crumbled and cooked, instead of chicken, and it is very good that way, too. Agree that it is great to take to a church dinner.
Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake
Econcook Posted: 07/19/10
rlmhokie Posted: 01/05/10
This was a very good dish and everyone in the family enjoyed it. I took the advice of others and used 2 cans of tomatoes. The next time I make it I will use more than 8oz of rigatoni, as it could have used more noodles. I will definitely make this again!
Beckles Posted: 01/25/09
I've made this numerous times for my family and it's always a bit hit, even with my kids. I love artichoke hearts, so I add a can of artichoke hearts packed in water. To prepare I make sure they are well-drained (pressed between paper towels) and chopped.
deanaH Posted: 04/03/10
This is a quick and easy recipe. It is great to take to church dinners or a sick friend.
aggiegirl96 Posted: 08/18/10
This was not only easy but great. I added fresh tomatoes as I only had one can of the diced. I also seasoned the chicken before I sauteed it along with the onions. Let the cream cheese soften before you begin. I didn't and just microwaved it for a bit. So delicious! The single recipe was more than enough for my family of three plus an entire other casserole to freeze for another night.
ACMDSM Posted: 12/27/09
Great taste, lots of potential. I always make something exactly according to directions the first time then "tweak" it if it's a Keeper. I found this casserole to be too dry the first time. The suggestions to add more tomato are great. I'd also like to try adding Ricotta cheese - maybe combine it with the cream cheese first then add to the mixture. Will definitely try this again, though!
BakerAbby Posted: 04/05/10
The recipe was easily followed and the dish was excellent! My family really enjoyed this dish. I followed the other viewer's advice and added 2 cans of tomatoes. I also sauteed the chicken and onions to gether then added to the rest of the mixture. We loved it!
taa797s Posted: 08/31/10
I thought this was excellentand easy! In my opinion, you must use 2 cans of the diced tomatoes or it would have been far too dry. Next time I think I will add some fresh herbs and some crushed red pepper flakes for some heat! It was great with hot crusty garlic bread.
littlemiss25 Posted: 07/26/10
I "tweaked" this just a tiny bit. I took a previous suggestion of using italian sausage and ricotta cheese. I also cooked the whole box (16 ounces) of pasta and cooked it in a 9x13 pan. I used 2 cans of diced tomatoe and added fresh mushrooms too. It was also extra yummy the next day. Thanks Southern Living for giving us great recipes to feed our friends & families and to those who gave the additional suggestions :)
Texascooker Posted: 12/17/11
This is an excellent recipe with just a little tweaking. I add a pint of ricotta cheese to the mixture, two cans of diced tomatoes, 16 ounces of pasta, and extra cheese to make a creamier casserole. Great for family night dinner, but nice enough for company. A little cream or sour cream can be added before cooking if the mixture appears a little too dry.
CandEJ Posted: 02/26/12
This is a fabulous recipe...my husband raved about it and he's not that fond of chicken or cooked spinach! I did slightly alter the recipe and added an additional can of diced tomatoes (it would have been too dry without it) and I only added about 2 cups of chicken. I also just sauteed the onions in a pan before mixing in the other ingredients. It's a very classy and extremely tasty meal!
gtaylor806 Posted: 09/12/12
Very good! I did season chicken prior to cooking and also added onions to chicken to cook as well. Instead of 2 cans of tomatoes, I added half a can of italian tomato sauce, also garlic bread, and it turned our great! Didn't give it 5 stars b/c I did have to slightly change the recipe.
supersportgirl Posted: 08/21/12
Good recipe! I, as well, added some more pasta and the extra can of tomatoes and made it in a 9x13 dish. Next time I will saute the onions in the pan with the chicken to give the chicken a bit more flavor. I was very surprised by how well the flavored cream cheese fit into this dish. I froze the leftovers and it was a very good "reheated" meal as well. My husband is not a big spinach fan so next time I am going to try it with a different green, probably collard or or turnip and see how that works.