Chicken Florentine Pasta Bake

Chicken Florentine pasta bake is a new favorite in our household, among the adults that is. A pasta casserole that is rich in flavor, not creamed sauces. Who can resist a pasta dish that has artichoke hearts, spinach, chicken, and cheese in it? It is simple enough to make but it has that fancy taste to it.

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While reheated leftovers are nice for lunch if you have access to a microwave at work, but we also found that by adding a dash of Italian dressing this actually makes a nice pasta salad when cold. This is an easy dish to throw together with a little planning ahead of time. The bold flavors of the Artichokes and spinach combined with the light sauce is just out of this world good.

You’ll need
2 cups cooked chicken (shredded or cubed is fine)
1 lb. dry med pasta (bowtie, penne, or rigatoni)
1 small onion chopped
1 tbsp. butter
2 eggs
1 ¼ cup milk
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¼ – ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
2 cups shredded cheese (jack, or a blend of mozzarella, cheddar and jack)
1 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

For topping:
¼ cup parmesan cheese divided
½ cup bread crumbs
½ tsp paprika
1 tbsp. melted butter

Cook pasta, drain and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs ,milk, and seasonings. Stir in the chicken, grated cheese, artichokes, spinach, half the parmesan, the cooked pasta, and onion.

Place mixture in a 13×9 in casserole dish and bake covered for 20 minutes at 350.

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In a small bowl combine the remaining parmesan, bread crumbs, paprika and melted butter. Sprinkle the topping on to casserole and bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes more or until golden brown.

The kids ate it but asked very nicely if I would please not make them eat it again, apparently it way to many green things in it. The husband and I on the other hand thought it was one of the most flavorful casseroles I’ve ever made.

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