Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
Quick, easy and delicious. The recipe calls for 4 garlic cloves, but I only added 2 and should have added 3-4 cloves. I also added more parmesan because of preference. This is a hit with the kids. My friend Kathy sent me this recipe and now I am indebted to her forever.
- 10 ounces rigatoni pasta (uncooked)
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped
- 1 (20 ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons dried basil
- 3⁄4 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes, crushed
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Cook pasta according to pkg directions and drain.
- Place spinach on paper towel and squeeze until barely moist.
- Add oil to a large non stick skillet and place over medium heat until hot.
- Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender.
- Add chicken and cook until it loses its pink colour, stirring constantly.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
- Simmer 5 minutes, uncovered stirring occasionally.
- Combine pasta, spinach, chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese in a bowl; stir well.
- Spoon into 13 X 9 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
- Makes 8 servings.
Made this last night for dinner and overall am very pleased with how it turned out. I had a difficult time getting the sauce mixture to cover all of the rigatoni. I did not add the diced tomatoes, so I think this might have had something to do with it. I used 2 chicken breasts and what I had left of the frozen spinach I used earlier in the week--so tweaked the recipe slightly. Also added more cheese to taste. The chicken kind of threw off the overall "taste" of the dish. Next time I think I will leave the chicken out and just make the rigatoni and sauce mixture. My fiance and I enjoyed the kick of spices, as well. Will definitely make this again sometime in the future.
Great flavor, but found it extremely dry. Will try Janie's solution of adding a jar of sauce. Thanks, Janie!
I don't know what I did wrong. Maybe the tomatoes. I used chopped tomatoes in a box, from Italy, rather than canned. The recipe turned out dry, dry, dry! I was horrified! What would I tell my family at dinner time? But not to worry! I ran out and bought a jar of Mario Batali's Vodka sauce, re-mixed everything, a plate at a time, and and cooked each serving in the microwave for 1 minute. Voila! Delicious!! So not to worry. This is a no-fail recipe! Oh! Almost forgot: Texas toast and a salad rounded out the meal to the delight of all! Your recipe was a winner, in spite of me!