Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
1-1/2 cups equals 366 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 847 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 32 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Reviews for Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake
"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@"
"Not great. Needs to be more saucy & cheesy"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!!"
"Didn't like the spinach in the recipe or the cheese on top."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"Loved it. Don't care for olives so left them out. I did put extra mozza and feta on top."
"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"
"Very tasty and healthy. Loved it!"
"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."
"This is delicious - great taste, nice texture."