Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Penne For Your Thoughts?!

It seems like EVERY pasta dish I cook up these days is made with penne!  Of course, that's usually not what the recipe calls for, but it's my FAVORITE kind of pasta!  This dish is NO exception.  I'm sure this AMAZING sauce would be tasty on any variety, but I really love the way it tasted with penne.  You have GOT to add this one to your pasta repertoire because it's AMAZINGLY easy and RIDICULOUSLY delicious!!! 

Creamy Marinara Chicken Pasta

2-3 chicken breasts, sauteed & shredded

1 bag of baby spinach

1 24oz. jar Marinara {I used Bertolli's..mmmmm}

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Olive Oil

Cook pasta according to package.  Meanwhile, saute chicken in olive oil & season with salt & pepper.  I used coarse black pepper because it's my favorite :)  I also cut my chicken into chunks so it would cook through faster!

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Once chicken is thoroughly cooked, drain and shred. 


Return chicken to the pan and add spinach, marinara, cream, parmesan, and red pepper.  Cook on medium high and mix well.  

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Cook until spinach is wilted :)


Drain pasta, return to pot, and toss in chicken & sauce mix.


To say that this is delicious might be the understatement of the year :)  I could've helped myself to a gajillion bowls...and trust me...I almost did!!!! 

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  1. gonna try this one soon! you find the best recipes and I am so glad you share them with your blog peeps!

  2. I just made this tonight! It is so yummy! I'm so thankful u share your recipes with us non cookers out here! Thanks:)

  3. This is the BEST pasta I have ever eaten. So easy and so delicious. Who knew that I could actually cook? Thanks for the great recipe! So glad that I found this blog!

  4. I love this recipe. I've introduced it to my family and I will be making it for them this week. I also have a list of about 25 more of your recipes that I want to try! Eventually, I'll get the chance to make them all :)