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Contest-Winning Greek Pasta Bake

I've taken this hot dish to potlucks and it's received rave reviews. There's never a morsel left. Best of all, it's a simple, healthy and hearty supper made with ingredients that are easy to find. —Anne Taglienti, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-1/3 cups uncooked whole grain spiral or penne pasta
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added 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 thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Chopped fresh oregano or basil, optional

Directions

  • 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 13x9-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. If desired, sprinkle with oregano or basil.
    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°.
Nutrition Facts
1.500 cups: 398 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 832mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 very lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Stacey
    Jan 13, 2019

    Definitely needs more... more cheese, more sauce, more seasoning. My kids will eat anything but wouldn't barely ate

  • misscoffeepot
    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 [email protected]

  • Hannah0418
    Dec 31, 2013

    Not great. Needs to be more saucy & cheesy

  • Cutsiebluebird
    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.

  • Veronica2268
    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!

  • pmokeefe
    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.

  • lauradawn84
    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!!

  • Live2Cook
    Nov 21, 2010

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

  • cookmama300
    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.

  • tlcraighead
    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.