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Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

Meatless Monday strikes again! This is one of my very favorite pasta dishes. Full of veggie flavor and rich creamy pasta. It comes together quickly and is good for parties, potlucks or just an evening at home with the family.

Not the most photogenic dinner in the world but oh so tasty. Enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake
adapted from Budget Savy Diva

14 oz of Orecchiette Pasta ( or short pasta)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Cup of Chopped Onion
3 Cloves of Garlic ( Minced)
1 Cup of Sour Cream
4 oz of Cream Cheese ( Room Temperature)
3/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
10 Oz of Spinach ( Make sure to squeeze excess moisture, after it has been thawed of course)
13.5 Can of Artichoke Hearts rinsed and chopped
1 Cup of Mozzarella
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven To 425°
  2. Cook pasta according to the box. Keep 1/4 Cup of the Pasta Water before you drain the cooked pasta.
  3. Heat oil in pan and cook onions for 8 – 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute.
  4. In a large bowl – Mix Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Parmesan, onions, and garlic. Add Pasta and mix.
  5. Stir in spinach, artichokes, 1/4 cup of cooking liquid from the pasta, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and 1/2 Cup of Mozzarella
  6. Place mixture into greased 2.5 – 3 qt casserole dish and place the rest of mozzarella cheese on top
  7. Place in the oven till golden brown on top – about 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna

Sometimes, it’s really awkward to be a food blogger. I always feel really silly when I’m at a party taking pictures of food. But, since some of the best things I make are taken elsewhere to be consumed, I really don’t have a choice. So, I whip out my trusty Canon and snap a couple quick pics so I at least have something to show you when recommending a recipe. Believe me when I tell you that this dinner is creamy, rich and delicious and will be loved by anyone you serve it to. I’ll never give up my red sauce lasagna (which, I just realized I have never posted the recipe for – must do that soon!) – but this was a nice change-up from my regular layered Italian meal.

The really great thing about this recipe is that you could easily change it to suit your preferences. I changed the original a little, including using diced tomatoes instead of sun-dried. You could make it vegetarian friendly by using sautéed zucchini, onions, spinach, mushrooms etc. instead of the chicken. Have fun. Make it your own.

Oh, a little tip – I always put my lasagna noodles in a casserole dish and cover them with boiling water for 30 minutes to cook them. While they soak away in the water, I prep the rest of the ingredients. The noodles turn out perfectly cooked and are much easier to handle than if you actually cook them according to the package directions before layering. Also, I love the golden cheese around the edges of lasagna. It’s pretty much the best food ever.

Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna
adapted from Tasty Tidbits

Ingredients

2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
1 pkg. (8 oz.)  Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1/2 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil, chopped, divided
12 lasagna noodles, cooked

Directions
HEAT oven to 350°F.
COMBINE chicken, artichokes, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and tomatoes. Beat cream cheese, milk and garlic powder with mixer until well blended; stir in 2 Tbsp. basil. Mix half with the chicken mixture.
SPREAD half the remaining cream cheese mixture onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; cover with 3 noodles and 1/3 of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers of noodles and chicken mixture twice. Top with remaining noodles, cream cheese mixture and mozzarella; cover.
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Let stand 5 min. before cutting to serve.

Artichoke Spinach Dip

Apparently I’m in the mood for all my favorite restaurant foods. As I am dealing with somewhat of a post-Christmas deficit in my bank account and cannot go out to eat, I’m recreating them at home. Artichoke Spinach Dip is pretty much a perfect food in my opinion. If I could get away with eating it all the time, I totally would. This recipe caught my eye because it claimed to recreate the dip they serve at Applebees, which I love. The problem is, I had a bad experience a couple of years ago and haven’t ordered in a restaurant since. This is my chance to eat it again, without fear of being mildly poisoned. Hooray!! Prep time for this dip is about 5 minutes. Just throw it in a bowl, mix, spread and bake. Ooooey, cheesy goodness. Perfection! [Read more…]

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