Thursday, January 13, 2011

Creamy Spinach Confetti Pasta

I bookmarked this recipe knowing that I had a ton of cream cheese (hello holiday sales!) and frozen spinach (6 boxes, anyone?) to use up. This recipe turned into a great Eatin' from the Pantry Challenge recipe, as I didn't need to buy anything at the store!

Creamy Spinach Confetti Pasta
recipe adapted from

1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta (I used bowtie as my son got to choose pasta shapes that night)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts - cut into 1 inch strips
1/2 cup diced onion (1 small)
4 cloves of garlic, minced (or less to taste)
Salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (8 ounce) package cold cream cheese, cubed
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained (I used chopped spinach)
1 (14.5 oz can) diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
Parmesan cheese, optional

Start pasta cooking according to package instructions.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the oil, then add the chicken, onion, and garlic and season with salt and pepper, basil and oregano. Cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Reduce heat to medium heat. Add chicken broth, and stir in cubed cream cheese until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in spinach, tomatoes, and salt (to taste), and return to a low simmer for about 5 minutes more.

In a large bowl, mix together pasta and sauce and serve, or serve sauce on top of pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

The verdict?
My husband loved this! He wanted me to name the recipe "Awesome" because he thought it was that good. Uh, thanks honey. My son was a little turned off by the spinach (especially since I used chopped spinach, which made the "confetti" look) but after a few oohs and aaahs from the grown-ups, he cautiously ate it, but with no complaints. He was very excited when he discovered chicken in the mix!

I enjoyed the pasta and sauce mixed up together, although my husband preferred them separate as he is watching his carbs. This recipe got added to our "Great Recipe" list...which means it can be put on the Menu Plan as often as I'd like, so it passed the test!

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