Dinner Tonight: Chicken Spinach Provolone Pasta

Last year, I made a Sausage and Provolone Pasta dish that was just divine.  It’s one of my absolute favorite recipes.  So, I decided to tweak it just a bit and reinvent it into a chicken pasta dish.  The result?  Fabulousness!  
Shopping List
1 pound cooked, shredded chicken breasts (click here to see how I get my chicken)
1 pound rigatoni pasta
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and all the excess water squeezed out
1 jar store bought spaghetti sauce
1/3 pound provolone cheese (shredded, sliced…it doesn’t matter)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) 
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop your pasta.  Cook until al dente (about 7 to 8 minutes).
In a large oven-safe skillet (or if you don’t have one, you can transfer later), heat a few tablespoons of EVOO over medium-high heat.  Saute onions and garlic 5-6 minutes.  Add in spinach and pasta sauce with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 5 minutes.  Stir in your cooked, shredded chicken.
Drain your pasta and add it to your chicken mixture.
  At this point, if your skillet isn’t oven-safe, transfer pasta to a glass baking dish.  Top skillet (or baking dish) with provolone cheese.  Put casserole in the oven to brown on top and get bubbly (about 15-20 minutes).
Remove from oven and serve.
Simple and delicious!  Whether you use the original provolone pasta recipe or this new tweaked version, you and your family will not be disappointed.  Dinner will be divine.
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  • Alison @ Get Your Pretty On February 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I'm so glad that I read your chicken tips, that literally just changed how I look at recipes! Normally I would skip over any recipe requiring shredded chicken because it seemed like too much work. But I can totally get on board with baking it in the morning or putting it in the crock pot for the day. I love that your recipes are simple, family friendly and healthy!

  • Marie Matter February 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I've made your sausage and provolone pasta and it was divine! Going to definitely try this one out too – it looks so gorgeous!

  • Aubs February 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    this is random but i feel it necessary to tell you that you take the most amazing pictures of your food!! picture taking is certainly not a special gift for me, so i'm always in awe of those who are gifted in such a fabulous way! ha! Happy Monday! =)

  • Paula February 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I have it all except cheese!!! šŸ™‚

  • Elaine~ Honey Pie Accessories February 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    This looks delicious!!

  • The Dose of Reality February 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    My hubby would totally lick his plate if I made him this! šŸ™‚ Adding these ingredients to my shopping list right now!

  • Jaren February 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I've recently discovered your blog, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites! You have so many easy, delicious recipes. Thanks!
    Jaren
    http://diaryofarecipecollector.blogspot.com

  • Laura February 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Made this for dinner tonight, it was sooo good!! Also used the tips for the shredded chicken. My first time using one of your recipes, definitely not the last…thanks!

  • Arielle February 26, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Yum!!! I am definitely going to have to try this!! šŸ™‚ Such a cute blog!

  • Alisha February 26, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I'm new to your blog here and I have to say, I think I'm gonna love it! Lots of yummy recipes! I am in a rut and always looking for inspiration. As a side note, my 5 year old is named Kensington too! Never met another šŸ™‚

  • Sarah Paul February 26, 2013 at 4:27 am

    That looks amazing! I have to try that. YUM!

  • Colossians 2:6-8 February 27, 2013 at 3:12 am

    this will be the second recipe i've tried of yours. looking forward to making this tomorrow!
    thanks for sharing your recipes!

  • Susan Pentz March 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Yum! My girls loved this!

  • Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam March 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Made this last night & it was sooo good. Seriously, my hubby couldn't stop eating it. And my kids loved it too – with the extra spinach thrown in, I'm so happy they get some extra veggies. Can't wait to try the sausage one. I noticed on that one you put crushed red pepper flakes – I also think that would work nicely on the chicken one and wouldn't be too spicy at all. Thanks for the great recipes – I'm so glad to have found your site!

  • Peggy April 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

    This is the first recipe I've tried from your blog and it was a big hit! Everyone loved it and even my sweet little finicky nephew gobbled it right up. Thanks, Shay! Can't wait to try more of your recipes. šŸ™‚

  • Laura July 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I was just wondering approximately how many slices of cheese would make a 1/3 pound? Can't wait to make this this week for dinner šŸ™‚

  • Mix and Match Mama July 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    To get the 1/3 pound, it really depends on how thick your deli slices the cheese…but 4 or 5 big pieces of provolone should work out perfectly!