Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta

Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta
I've probably mentioned to you before that I am a terrible meal planner. When I go to the grocery store, I buy lots of basic ingredients with some meals in mind. However, when I've come to the end of my "planned" (I use that term very loosely) meals, I go into panic mode. We are usually coming home from some kind of practice after 7 pm and I need to get something on the table fast. I am so thankful my parents taught me the art of improvisation in the kitchen. A couple of weeks ago, I was able to whip up this deliciously Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta with items I had on hand. My secret weapon was the canned chicken. I have had it in my pantry without a definite plan for its use. I brought it out when I realized I didn't have any fresh or frozen chicken in the house.
Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta
Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta 

2 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2-3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 package penne pasta (16 oz.)
1 (12.5 oz.) can cooked chicken
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Prepare pasta according to package. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown onions in olive oil over medium heat. Add in minced garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Stir in Cream of Chicken soup, cream cheese, milk and Italian seasoning. Stir frequently to get all ingredients incorporated and to keep from burning. Pour in the cooked pasta and add the chicken, spinach and chopped tomato, followed by 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese. Pour into a casserole dish. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.
Creamy Chicken Florentine Pasta
Because I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I was a bad blogger and didn't take any pictures of the process...not even a pretty place setting. After it got the approval from the gang, I decided to share this easy recipe with you, so that you would be inspired to improvise in the kitchen too. If you've got leftover chicken, heck, even leftover turkey, use that instead of the canned chicken. Don't like spinach? Try using cooked broccoli instead. Although, the "Florentine" name might need to be changed to "Broccoline" or something like that. Don't let the name change trip you up, just make this dish soon! Your family will be singing your praises! It is the perfect comfort food for chilly evenings. Enjoy!

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  1. This looks wonderful, Nici! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;) Have a beautiful week, friend!!

  2. Looks SOOOO Yummy! I am a new follower...would love if you could follow back if you get the chance

  3. This looks yummy!! I have pinned it :)

  4. wow this looks so good i m pinning it right now!

  5. Love pasta dishes with spinach and parm!

  6. Looks yummy! If only I could convince my hubby to eat spinach :)

  7. Hey Nici,
    Yum!!! Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned Link Party. Have a great Thanksgiving.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  8. Hello! What do you use as Italian seasoning


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