Bowtie Pasta with Chicken and Spinach


Pasta is a deliciously quick and easy meal. It is also budget friendly. This 1/2 pound of bowtie pasta can easily feed four. With the added spinach and chicken, you have yourself a whole meal on one plate. Serve with some warm Italian bread, and your family will be good to go. I used bowtie because it is one my favorite types of pastas but feel free to substitute with whatever you have on hand. Enjoy!

Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4-6

1/2 pound bowtie pasta
1 Tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 ounces (1/2 bag) of fresh spinach
1/2 pound chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When boiling, salt generously then add pasta and cook according to package for al dente.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until onion is soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Stir in the tomato paste and cook about 5 minutes.

3. Add the cream cheese and cook another 4-5 minutes or until it has melted into the sauce. Use a wooden spoon to help break it up. Stir in the parmesan cheese until melted. Add the spinach and stir to toss in sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach starts to wilt.

4. Add the cooked pasta and chicken and stir to combine. Serve hot!


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