Chicken, Spinach, & Almond Pasta Bake

Jan 17

Yesterday, we finally got some snow in Williamsburg, VA. Granted, it was only a dusting, but it was snow!!! I’ve actually been a little jealous of those places (like my hometown of Buffalo, NY) that got dumped with snow. I mean, I don’t want to drive in the snow, but I would love to go outside and make a snowman.

And after playing outside with the snow, I want to come inside to a giant plate of piping hot pasta! Yes, pasta. I love myself some carbs!

Chicken, Spinach, & Almond Bake

I also love Gimme Some Oven. This is the second recipe this week that I have made/slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven (the first recipe being a Baked Bloomin’ Onion).

This chicken, spinach, & almond bake is hearty– a complete meal all in one. In addition, it’s covered in cheese. What could be better?!?

Chicken, Spinach, & Almond Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole-wheat pasta (I used penne)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 8 oz portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 3-4 chicken breasts-- cooked and shredded
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup toasted, slivered almonds
  • salt and pepper
  • Cook time: 60 minutes
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish and set aside.

Cook and prepare the pasta per package instructions, cooking until al dente. Drain and set aside.

While the water boils for the pasta, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high. Saute onions. Stir in garlic and mushrooms and cook for another minute. Add and stir in white wine. Cook the mixture on the stove for about five minutes until it has reduced.

Stir in spinach, and cook until the spinach collapses a bit. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Add to pasta and stir-- mix extremely well.

Layer half the pasta, then cheese, and repeat. Finish with parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with toasted almonds to serve.

Chicken, Spinach, & Almond Bake

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Comments: 50

  1. Jennifer B Jan 17 at 4:30 pm Reply

    The combination of spinach, pasta and chicken just sounds so good! I will give this a try soon!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Thanks Jennifer!

  2. Cyndie Norell Jan 17 at 4:50 pm Reply

    This recipe sounds divine. I am a lover of spinach!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Cyndie- I love spinach too!

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman Jan 17 at 5:00 pm Reply

    This sounds like a perfect meal for these cold winter nights. Love the combination of ingredients.

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Helene- it was great for a cold evening!

  4. Ave Jan 17 at 5:52 pm Reply

    What a great idea to use almons in a pasta dish. sounds like a great combination! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Ave!

  5. Pam Jan 17 at 6:19 pm Reply

    This looks great. I love the combo of almonds and spinach.

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Me too- it was delish!

  6. Debbie Jan 17 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Pinned! Looks very tasty and easy to make!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:30 pm Reply

      Let me know when you make it!

  7. Debbie Denny Jan 17 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Great recipe. Looks really tasty!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Thanks Debbie

  8. Angela Jan 17 at 8:35 pm Reply

    I like that you used whole wheat pasta in this dish. It looks delicious!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:31 pm Reply

      I did – I like it a little bit better than regular….or maybe I’m just used to it now!

  9. Brett Jan 17 at 9:25 pm Reply

    This looks awesome! Thank you. Great way to boost iron

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:32 pm Reply

      Thanks Brett- I didn’t think about the iron piece, but now I feel even healthier :)

  10. Love the addition of toasty almonds! Great way to add texture.

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Thanks- I love adding nuts to dishes!

  11. Cynthia L Jan 17 at 10:21 pm Reply

    I love casseroles, they are such great comfort food! Hey, I live In VA and was just in Williamsburg over the Christmas holiday

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:38 pm Reply

      What a great place to be for the holidays– I am a little biased :)

  12. Danielle @ We Have It All Jan 17 at 11:09 pm Reply

    Mmm…sounds great! My kids would love this too!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Thanks Danielle- let me know how your kids like it if you make it!

  13. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Jan 18 at 12:20 am Reply

    Anything at all with spinach and pasta is a win for me. This sounds really delicious!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:39 pm Reply

      Thanks Liz- I agree with your completely!

  14. Dawn Jan 18 at 12:49 am Reply

    That all sounds great, but the addition of almonds is the real kicker for me. I love that crunch.

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:40 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn- I love adding nuts to recipes!

  15. Danielle Jan 18 at 2:05 am Reply

    MMM, yum! I love chicken and almond anything :)

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:40 pm Reply

      Thank you Danielle :)

  16. Janeane Davis Jan 18 at 2:43 am Reply

    This seems like one of those recipes of things that should not go together, but actually taste incredible.

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Agree- I love these types of combos!

  17. Yes, yes, yes – I was SO excited for the snow! :) A dusting is a-ok with me, I just want to look at it :)

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Me too- just a little white dusting with the snow :)

  18. Brittnei Jan 18 at 8:29 am Reply

    A pasta bake like this is definitely an awesome winter comfy meal. It looks yummy. We love spinach in my house so I’m sure my family would want to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:43 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Brittnei!

  19. Amanda Love Jan 18 at 9:43 am Reply

    Oh this looks yummy although I wouldn’t be able to eat it. I’m not a big fan of spinach and I’m allergic to nuts. All the yummy looking stuff and I can’t eat it. :(

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:43 pm Reply

      You could definitely make some substitutions if you wanted to give it a try!

  20. Mama to 5 BLessings Jan 18 at 10:56 am Reply

    sounds like a good combination of ingredients – nice protein mix!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:43 pm Reply

      Thanks so much :)

  21. Karla Campos Jan 18 at 1:52 pm Reply

    This pasta dish looks extremely tasty, I would love to come home to that after playing in the snow. You got me in the mood for pasta : )

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Karla!

  22. Amy Desrosiers Jan 18 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Yum! I love pasta bakes because they are generally so versatile! Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:41 pm Reply

      Thanks Amy :)

  23. This Chicken Spinach bake looks so delicious. My girls will love this on a cold night. Definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:41 pm Reply

      Yay! I’m glad it looks good to you– please let me know how your girls like it!

  24. This sounds like an interesting dish!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:33 pm Reply

      Thanks Francine!

  25. Sadie Jan 19 at 5:30 pm Reply

    I’m so jealous you got snow. We’ve had nothing in DC! I think you should visit and make me dinner!

    • Elizabeth Jan 20 at 2:33 pm Reply

      OKAY- when should I come?!?

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