Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chicken Caesar Pasta

Between the ages of 12-20 I think I ordered chicken caesar salad at every restaurant I went to. It was truly my favorite food. I could tell you where it was amazing (the local diner- served it with pita and I loved that, or Ruby Tuesdays- they had those cool brownish croutons I liked as a teenager, or Nordstroms cafe had a good one), and I could tell you where it was pretty meh (I won't list those- it's kind of mean, right?) Now I am a far more adventurous eater and I don't rely on caesar salad like I used to, however now and then it still just sounds so good! When this recipe popped up on Pinterest I immediately pinned it. I mean, c'mon! Pasta+caesar salad... could I be any happier?! Oh wait- there's cheese here too... So it turns out I CAN be happier!

This was really good. I modified it pretty heavily from the original recipe linked below, but I really felt the end results were perfect. It was flavorful, easy, and can be made ahead of time and just thrown in the oven before dinner, which is always a bonus for me!

Source: Heavily adapted from The Mommy Games

1/2 pound pasta
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup caesar salad dressing
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, water squeezed out
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

1- Preheat over to 350. Cook pasta according to packing directions.
2- Meanwhile, in a skillet combine the broth, salad dressing, and garlic powder over medium heat. Stir well to combine.
3- Add the chicken and spinach, stirring well.
4- Add the pasta to the skillet. Stir in the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.Transfer pasta to a baking dish.
5- Bake for 30 minutes, covered.


  1. Just to add some crunch, you could crush up some garlic croutons (or make your own) and put it on top! YUM!

  2. This looks great! I want to try this pasta soon.

  3. This is a great idea. Simple food done in a different way. It sounds great.