{cheesy whole wheat pasta with chicken and spinach}

by Cait on January 4, 2013

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There are few things in life I love more than carbs and cheese.

Especially when the carbs are whole wheat and the cheese is reduced fat making it healthy, filling and delicious.

Those of you that follow me on Pinterest know that I have a never-ending list of things pinned to the board “Recipes to Try” and this was one of those very recipes.

I knew the moment I saw this on Bitchin’ Camero that I absolutely had to try it.

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Pasta.

Cheese.

Spinach.

Chicken.

What is there not to like about this recipe?

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Cheesy Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken and Spinach (from Bitchin Camero)

Makes about 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. pasta (I used whole wheat rigatoni)
  • 
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.), diced into 2 inch pieces
  • 
1/4 cup canola oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 
5 cups fresh spinach, chopped

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • 2 cups reduced fat mozzarella cheese
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Set a large pot of water to boil.
  • Once it comes to a rolling boil, salt it and cook the pasta until just al dente. Drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, set a large skillet over medium heat.Once it’s hot, heat the olive oil then add the chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides – about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and simmer with the chicken until it’s fragrant and begins to turn golden – about 3 minutes.
  • Add the salt, spinach and white wine and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until spinach has wilted.  
  • Toss all the contents together and layer in mozzarella cheese, making sure to save the majority of it for a generous layer on top.
  • Cover and bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and slightly brown.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 4, 2013

This looks delicious!!

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Cait January 5, 2013

It is!! And so easy too!

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Olivia @ Liv Lives Life January 4, 2013

Ohhhh my gosh that golden cheese looks soooo good!

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Cait January 5, 2013

Best part. By a long shot! :)

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Erica January 4, 2013

Looks amazing! Especially with the toasted cheese on top. Drool. We’re going Italian tonight and I can’t wait!

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Cait January 5, 2013

The toasted cheese noodles on top were BY FAR the best part! And yum!! Enjoy!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 4, 2013

Bitchin Camero miiiiight be the best blog name ever.

And now i’m craving melty cheese…. mmmm!

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Cait January 5, 2013

Right!? I love it! And haha – go get yourself some!! If either of us deserves it, it’s you!!

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natalie @ will jog for food January 4, 2013

Carbs… cheese.. and chocolate. Just not all at the same time ;)

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Cait January 5, 2013

But definitely all in the same day ;)

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Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats January 4, 2013

You had me at pasta, cheese and spinach….

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Cait January 5, 2013

Aahaha – right!? It’s seriously the best of both those worlds :)

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Jo January 4, 2013

Hi Cait – I have a bit of a request, is there somewhere I can email you?

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Cait January 5, 2013
Bek @ Crave January 11, 2013

Your pictures always make me so hungry!

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Cait January 11, 2013

Haha aw, thank you!! :)

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Denise January 12, 2013

Hi Cait! I have been following your blog since September and really enjoy it. You do not overdo your entries, it is quick, to the point and I love that you share recipes. (Also, I love your food choices, my heritage is Canadian/Turkish aegean, so we share similar recipes and tastes). I tried this one and a white chocolate chip cookie recipe and they both turned out quiet good. I will try to modify the pasta one with more oil and perhaps add some spices. Any suggestions?

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Cait January 12, 2013

Hey Denise – I’m so glad you like the blog! That makes my day to hear. What was it specifically that you didn’t like about the pasta? Did it come out too dry? Too bland? If too dry, definitely try adding a little more oil – that should help for sure. And if too bland, you can certainly add more spices or maybe even some diced onion! I think it will help me to understand what you didn’t like about the pasta before I make any other suggestions so that I know what I’m trying to help you with – so just let me know! :)

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Denise January 12, 2013

Hi again! Haha yeah I typed that msg way too quickly. I actually found it a little too oily (I see that I had written “more oil” by mistake). I would like to put less oil and more spices to make the chicken less bland and wanted your input on the spices (I am thinking a small amount of crushed red pepper?). Onions is a great idea!

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Cait January 12, 2013

No worries! You can definitely reduce the oil and add spices – I bet crushed red pepper would be the perfect compliment actually!

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