8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Fresh spinach, chicken, and a combination of cheeses make this pasta dish comforting enough for the last days of winter yet fresh enough for the first days of spring. Serve family style or portion out in individual ramekins. Either way, this penne pasta casserole is definitely worth sharing.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add spinach, oregano, and black pepper; sauté 3 minutes or just until spinach wilts.

Step 3

Place cottage cheese in a food processor; process until very smooth. Combine spinach mixture, cottage cheese, pasta, chicken, 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, milk, and soup in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Chef's Notes

You can cook the pasta mixture in individual eight-ounce ramekins; bake for 15 minutes.

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Ratings & Reviews

Wendy84's Review

September 03, 2013
This was delicious. I first made it for myself and my 10 year old (who isn't a fan of vegetables). We both loved it and she didn't mind the veggies at all!! Then I made it for Dinner at my parents house, everyone enjoyed it. I used whole wheat penne noodles.

Too creamy and bland

March 19, 2016
Not a dish I would make again. Too creamy for me and lacked flavor. Also pretty time consuming and uses lots of dishes as well as a processor. Leftovers tasted better than the first go.

LaraRR's Review

April 29, 2010
This recipe is excellent. It feeds a ton of people. It's a crowd pleaser so I usually make it then freeze it and take it down to the beach for the extended family. I like that you work in the cottage cheese and spinach and the kids don't even notice. Comfort food.

pjbeasley's Review

March 27, 2012
This recipe is not very good. And at nearly 350 calories for a single cup, it's high calorie and not filling enough. A LOT of dairy product, and the Campbells soup is pretty bad. Not really impressed for something that is supposed to be tasty and light. Would not make again. (Originally cooked this last fall from the recipe collection.)

ChicaLoca's Review

January 19, 2009
I realy like this recipe & my family really enjoyed it. I added a touch of fresh basil & it popped really well.

Khm1005's Review

July 13, 2011
I loved this recipe! I love how it had so many vegetables, but you could hardly tell at all! I couldnt find fresh oregano at the grocery store (I know weird) so I used dried, but it still tasted great! Going into my recipe box for sure!

marlicreeach's Review

October 07, 2010
Very yummy! Just needs a touch of salt to the mix before baking.

ScrapKat67's Review

March 22, 2011
Fabulous! Cheesy and creamy - the perfect comfort food. Even got my veggie-hating husband to eat spinach! This one's a keeper.

dpkp03's Review

December 05, 2011
Prepared recipe as directed. No substitutions. The dish was OK, but I certainly would not serve it to company. And, I will not make it again. For those who worried about tasting the cottage cheese, don't worry. You would not know that it was in the recipe.

daneanp's Review

May 21, 2013
Very, very good. I added minced garlic in with the mushrooms and onions and some Penzey's Fox Point seasoning while mixing the pasta and cheeses together. The family loved it - DH called it the ultimate comfort food. Very filling. I probably wouldn't make it on a work night again, too many dishes to clean, but it would definitely be great on a fall/winter weekend night. Served with a tossed salad.