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Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake Recipe

Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake Recipe

I've brought this hot dish to potlucks and it received rave reviews. There's never a crumb left. Best of all, it's a simple, healthy and hearty supper made with easy to find ingredients. —Anne Taglienti of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (13-1/4 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chicken, tomato sauce, tomatoes, spinach, olives, onion, green pepper, basil and oregano.
  • 2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 366 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 847mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 32g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 0 fat.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake

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misscoffeepot 246833
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"I have served this recipe to perhaps a few thousand over the years- It is always a hit. Once you try the original, you will know how to substitute ingredients- The flavors are excellent@"

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Hannah0418 91893
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"Not great. Needs to be more saucy & cheesy"

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Cutsiebluebird 157469
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Added some additional cheese in the mixture as well and added additional Greek seasoning on top. Easy, quick and inexpensive. I divided into two baking dishes and froze one for another night."

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Veronica2268 71189
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"Quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious. My family absolutely loved it! There was plenty to go around. I added a little salt and pepper, otherwise it was perfect!"

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pmokeefe 91748
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"I really liked this recipe. It was quick and easy to make. I'm a vegetarian so I cut out the chicken and I hate olives so I left those out also. I added more cheese too :) I think next time I may try it with some beans in place of the chicken. I liked the texture of the onion and pepper in the casserole too."

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lauradawn84 91747
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"i made the following changes:::

i used fresh spinach instead of frozen. boil it for 1-2 min.
i used regualr penne instead of wheat.
i also used regular onion and a bell pepper, i cooked them along with the chicken.
it turned out great and my family loved it!!"

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Live2Cook 92237
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Didn't like the spinach in the recipe or the cheese on top."

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cookmama300 141575
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I made this recipe for my family tonight and we didn't like it. It just seemed blah. It just wasn't a hit. We like all the ingredients, but it was missing something. Seemed so bland."

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tlcraighead 92219
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"I added more cheese because all of the guys in the house love cheese but otherwise very tasty and disappeared quickly. Also, I used boneless/skinless chicken thighs to add more moisture."

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dentalisa 92194
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"This recipe is delicious and very easy to make. The portion size is pretty big, so it's very filling. I used more green pepper because 2 Tbsp seemed like a rather small amount. The feta cheese gives it a nice zippy flavor, and I love the olives. You can't go wrong with this one!"

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cookarika 159475
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"I made this recipe with about half of the spinach since my kids won't go near the stuff, and they loved it! It makes a lot, next time I might make a half batch. Very good!"

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SuzySchool 164203
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"I made half a recipe....next time need to make a full recipe. This was delicious! The kids gobbled it up. I only left out the onion and green pepper due to time. Need to double the sauce part next time...our family likes it a bit moister. But excellent flavors."

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eastcoaster 142948
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"Loved it. Don't care for olives so left them out. I did put extra mozza and feta on top."

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Joscy 82438
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

"OMGosh, this is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. We are empty nesters, so I thought making recipe as is (without making only half) would be too much. Soooo glad I didn't. Both my husband and I had generous servings, with enough leftover for the next night. We never tire of this casserole. Thank you for sharing your recipe Anne. Sincerely, Jos"

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machllz 92183
Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"Very tasty and healthy. Loved it!"

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5493 142945
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"Wonderful dish-I cut the olives down to 1/2 a can because of salt and it was great - kids loved it. A keeper recipe."

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KingGeld 141374
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2008

"This is delicious - great taste, nice texture."

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