Monday, December 20, 2010

Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Bake

I'm not sure why I call this a "bake" instead of a "casserole." For some reason, a casserole just sounds like something your mother makes, and we're not mothers right? We're cool, trendy cooks! Okay, so some of us are mothers who just pretend to be cool, trendy cooks...but whatever.


You may recall my Tortellini Alfredo recipe from a while back. This meal uses nearly the same alfredo sauce recipe, which is to die for. If you don't want to bake this, you really don't have to it would be wonderful just tossed together. However, I like the crunchy, cheesy topping that results from a quick trip to the oven. Its your choice. This is a dish fancy enough to serve to guests, or it could be a paper-plate-kind-of-dinner...but I don't know who would serve a meal this nice on paper plates...


Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Bake
  • 1 - 1.5lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (or you could strip a rotisserie chicken!)
  • 1 box (roughly a pound) of short pasta (I used Ronzini Smart Taste Rotini)
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach
  • 1C mozzarella cheese
  • 1t garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
Sauce:
  • 1 pint fat free half and half
  • 3T low fat cream cheese
  • 2/3C grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 stick of light butter
  • 1t garlic powder
Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and saute on medium heat in a large pan with cooking spray. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Sauce:
Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
Add in cream cheese until melted.
Whisk in half and half and garlic powder.
Allow sauce to simmer for 15-20 minutes, adding the parmesan cheese in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Steam spinach in the microwave.
Toss pasta, chicken, spinach and sauce together until well mixed.
Pour into a greased baking dish and top with 1C of mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.

3 comments:

  1. This looks so awesome, great for a cold night. Great *baking* ha

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  2. oh yum - this looks really good - and easy too.

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  3. Maybe it's me....I want to make this and dont want to put it in the WW recipe builder. WHere is the nutritional value? To figure points, do I need to enter it into WW for each recipe?

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