I made this recipe a few weeks ago and have been storing it up for a rainy (read: overworked and uninspired) day. Enjoy!
I really, really like baked pastas. I don’t make them too often though, because most of the varieties I see are of the tuna-casserole variety – while I love tuna, I prefer sandwiches over casserole form. So I took my super-easy Bolognese recipe and applied it to a baked penne.
Baked Penne with Chicken Bolognese
- 1 box whole wheat penne
- 1 – 1/4 lbs ground chicken
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 batch tomato sauce (canned or homemade)
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/3 cup fresh parmesan, shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion, pepper and garlic and cook until veggies are tender. Add seasonings. In the meantime, prepare pasta according to package directions.
2. Add chicken and cook until browned. Add tomato sauce and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Add spinach and continue to cook until wilted.
3. When pasta has finished cooking, combine pasta and sauce. Add two tablespoons of parmesan, stir, and cook until melted.
4. Place pasta in greased 9 x 13 lasagna pan. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top. Place in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
Seriously such a simple recipe and a nice change from usual spaghetti.
And I can’t forget about…
Jenny’s Christmas Challenge!
It’s hard to pick a Christmas that’s been the most memorable. Honestly, I would probably say the last Christmas was the best. It was mine and Eric’s first one together, so for that reason I’m always going to remember it. Also, it was the first Christmas in YEARS that I didn’t feel too much anxiety or stress for the month leading up to it…honestly? I’m extremely excited for this Christmas coming up, because I’m determined to make it the first anxiety-less, guiltless holiday. Every year for the last several, I’ve felt that food-related anxiety because of the ED, but every year I’ve felt it lessen and lessen. So, this is the year I’m confident I’ll banish it for good.
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