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Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake

  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

Inspired by the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean, this pasta bake is packed with tomatoes, spinach and olives and gets an extra-creamy touch from feta cheese. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

12
oz uncooked gemelli pasta (about 3 cups)
3
tablespoons olive oil
1
package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces (about 3)
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/2
cup chopped red onion
1
tablespoon finely chopped garlic (about 3 cloves)
1
bag (8 oz) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2
cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
1/4
cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and diced
8
oz crumbled feta cheese
2
cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package; set aside.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add to skillet; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from skillet; set aside.
  • 3
    Reduce heat to medium. In same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the onion and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Add spinach; cook and stir until starting to wilt, about 1 minute.
  • 4
    In very large bowl, mix cooked chicken, spinach mixture, pasta, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and Italian cheese blend. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
  • 5
    In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle on top of pasta mixture in baking dish. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and casserole is heated through (165°F in center). Garnish with basil, and serve.

Expert Tips

  • Rotini or penne pasta are great substitutes for gemelli pasta in this recipe.
  • Jarred finely chopped garlic can be purchased in the produce section of the grocery store, making it convenient to use.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
590
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
36%
Saturated Fat
10g
52%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
95mg
31%
Sodium
1440mg
60%
Potassium
460mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
60g
20%
Dietary Fiber
4g
17%
Sugars
8g
Protein
36g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%
80%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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