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Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake Recipe
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Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 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

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: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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.
Originally published as Greek Pasta Bake in Light & Tasty August/September 2006, p45


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misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 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 User ID: 1795891 91893
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

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

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Cutsiebluebird User ID: 7197239 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 User ID: 5573324 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 User ID: 6597511 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 User ID: 6353687 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 User ID: 1011121 92237
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

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

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cookmama300 User ID: 1059070 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 User ID: 4502635 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 User ID: 4868246 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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