Fontina Chicken & Pasta Bake Recipe

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Fontina Chicken & Pasta Bake Recipe
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Fontina Chicken & Pasta Bake Recipe

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Eat it tonight, or freeze it for later. This cheesy casserole is still awesome months after you make it. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked spiral pasta
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese, divided
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1-1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
Meanwhile, heat 3 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.
In same pan, add mushrooms to remaining oil; cook and stir over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in soup, broth, 1 cup cheese, oregano and pepper. Add spinach and tomatoes; return chicken to pan.
Drain pasta; add to soup mixture and toss to combine. Divide between two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, covered, 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Freeze option: Cool unbaked casseroles; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casseroles with foil; bake as directed, increasing baking time to 1-1/4 hours or until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).
Originally published as Fontina Chicken & Pasta Bake in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 601 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 1362mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 42g protein.

  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked spiral pasta
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese, divided
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1-1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.
  3. In same pan, add mushrooms to remaining oil; cook and stir over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in soup, broth, 1 cup cheese, oregano and pepper. Add spinach and tomatoes; return chicken to pan.
  4. Drain pasta; add to soup mixture and toss to combine. Divide between two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, covered, 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casseroles; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casseroles with foil; bake as directed, increasing baking time to 1-1/4 hours or until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
    Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).
Originally published as Fontina Chicken & Pasta Bake in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

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luann8190 User ID: 6756458 266112
Reviewed May. 19, 2017

"The fontina cheese made it even more delicious!"

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[email protected] User ID: 1853059 260278
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"This was a delicious casserole. Added shallots when sauteing the mushrooms, added Greek seasoning and lemon pepper to the chicken while browning, Parmesan cheese with the Fontina. Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for zip. Next time, I will leave out the oregano, it was too strong in this casserole and was overpowering. Also added buttered bread crumbs to the top after baking for 20 min foil on, 30 min foil off with the bread crumbs. I made the whole thing at once , in a big casserole dish and it is all gone. Will make again, very pretty!"

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cookiemouse User ID: 3900007 253876
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"I made this when it was first published a couple of years ago...THEN, I looked at the nutrition information. The flavor was pretty good, but really not worth the high-calorie, high-sodium and high-fat content. TOH should try a little harder to provide folks with better options."

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laurijane User ID: 7815299 245885
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"Made one for us and gave the other to friends. Both families thought the casserole was delicious; our friends requested the recipe. Mild yet flavorful, creamy, attractive presentation. Important to use the fontina cheese. Substituted a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes for the fresh.

Why do folks rate something they haven't even tried? It throws the average rating off."

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Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 244512
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"It was okay."

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KimandTommy User ID: 7946929 226964
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"I loved this-one of my favorites so far! I added a little more chicken and only put in about half the mushrooms since I'm not a huge mushroom fan. I will definitely make this again."

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VDEN User ID: 7118543 153263
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"My family really liked this, which was huge since they realized there was spinach in it!"

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LMD123 User ID: 7480696 196600
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Without making the recipe yet I'll a 3 since I haven't tasted it yet. Looks pretty. I don't know what Fontina Cheese is....?? Where do I find it - ps. I live in Australia!"

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Marykauhi User ID: 6011692 120768
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014 Edited Apr. 20, 2014

"Loved the overall taste and it was lovely to look at with the green spinach and red tomatoes. I will add more chicken next time and also a little red pepper flakes for a little zip."

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