Weeknights in my house usually call for make ahead dinners that are not only easy but can be assembled up to a day ahead. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was allegedly pinned over a million times.
This recipe peaked my interest and I just could not wait to see what all the hype was about. This Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake is a make ahead dinners recipe that is not only a crowd pleaser but more importantly a time saver.
Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake Recipe (Make Ahead Dinner)
We all have nights when we can’t even imagine being able to get a home cooked meal on the table for our family. This Pasta Bake Casserole is assembled ahead of time and about an hour before dinner can be taken out of the fridge while you heat up the oven.
If you are in the same boat as me, and kids are super busy around dinner time, you definitely want to Check out this post about 16 great Make Ahead Dinners
The ingredients for this make ahead chicken and pasta casserole are simple. We used flavored Philadelphia Cream cheese because they take all the work for you if you choose to use their flavored varieties. Of course you can use plain cream cheese and make your own flavor adjustments.
I am not sure what I will try next time. But sometimes when you have a flavor combination that works, why change it up?
MAKE EVERYTHING IN ONE DISH:
This Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake Recipe is so wonderful since you make everything in the same dish so there is less clean up too. How genius to cook the onions in the oven. Saves so much time and clean up don’t you think?
For one pan meals be sure to check out Asparagus and Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinners and Incredibly Easy Italian Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan Dinner
How to make weeknight meal prep easier:
Always be prepared for the next meal by making more protein than you need.
N time you are making chicken breasts or pork tenderloins, be sure and throw a few more in the oven so you have leftover to make this super easy make ahead casserole. I bet this would be great with another protein like cooked pork too.
You can easily substitute the veggies and cheeses to fit your family’s tastes in this make ahead dinners idea. This Easy chicken dinner will be a family favorite.
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How would you change up the flavors in this easy dinner recipe?
Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake Recipe
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237 Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 837mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 16g