The stuff-your-face-full holidays are upon us!
It’s my favorite time of the year. I adore the twinkly lights, the light hearted music, the gatherings and the recognition of blessings but above all else…I adore the food. The wear-your-stretchy-pants to dinner kinds of holidays are my absolute fav. As parents know, with the fun of the holidays comes the addition of more errands and more things to do and hence less time and more stress. When life gets even busier than usual I like to make incredibly easy dishes that I know my whole family will love. This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
Casseroles For The New Generation
One of my favorite dishes to create in the kitchen are casseroles. Totally popular to our parents generation, casseroles are hearty one dish meals that can contain a multitude of ingredients. Well known to be made with whatever ingredients you have on hand, my favorite type of casseroles to create for my large family are pasta casseroles because pasta allows me to express my family’s individuality through its versatility and variety. And it’s perfect for any occasion or time of year! I can rely on the fact that pasta is so versatile that it can virtually be paired and delicious with almost any other ingredient. I recently had a ton of fun in the kitchen and I have created the most delicious casserole known to man. Or rather, what I’d like to call “not your momma’s chicken, spinach and cheese casserole.
Chicken, Spinach and Cheese Casserole Recipe
1 LB of Barilla Penne Pasta
12 ounces Barilla Marinara Sauce
16 ounces Galbani Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
1 bunch fresh Spinach (cleaned and stems cut off)
1/2 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
2 Chicken Breasts (sliced to 1″ strips)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth
Salt, Pepper, Herbs to Taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook Barilla Penne Pasta to al-dente package directions. While pasta is boiling, season chicken with salt, pepper and italian herbs. Heat olive oil on large frying pan and brown chicken on both sides. Rinse Barilla Penne pasta with cold water and let cool. Pour cooled Barilla pasta into large casserole dish, set aside. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth to frying pan. Add spinach. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Add Barilla Marinara Sauce. Cook for 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes. Poor chicken, spinach mixture on Barilla pasta. Mix well. Cover with shredded Galbani Mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350′ degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!
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Make it Yours!
I popped into my local Walmart to pick up all of the ingredients that I needed for this recipe. I highly encourage you to make one of these fantastic meals for your family! You can even grab a Ibotta offer will be earn $2 when you purchase Barilla Pasta/Sauce and Galbani Cheese.