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Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Easy pasta dish with all the meal components you need in one pan.
Course Easy Pasta Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoons of Mrs. Dash (garlic and herb flavor)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 16 ounces of Velveeta cheese (cut it up in small chunks)
  • 1 and ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bag (9 to 10 ounces) fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Dice the chicken breasts into little pieces. Season the chicken breasts with the Mrs. Dash seasoning, salt, and pepper. Let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
  • Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in pan. Once oil is hot add the chicken to the pan. Brown the chicken.
  • Cook pasta according to the box instructions provided for the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, place a medium to large saucepan on low heat. Add butter to this pan. Once the butter has melted, add the Velveeta cheese to the saucepan. Cook this cheese sauce on low heat stirring frequently. While the cheese is melting, add the milk to the cheese sauce 1/3 cup at a time until desired consistency.
  • After pasta has cooked, drain the pasta. Once the cheese has melted, mix the pasta, cheese sauce, chicken, garlic powder, and spinach together in the large pot. Continue to add milk to the pasta to get the desired consistency of the cheese sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

I like to use a double boiler to melt my cheese so that the cheese melts successfully with no burning issues. I also dice the cheese into cubes to help the cheese to melt. I also do not thin out the cheese sauce completely until everything is mixed together. You can also make this meal preparation easier buying using cooked chicken from a previous meal or from your local grocery deli/hot foods area. Give it a twist and add mushrooms to this dish. Serve it with french crusty bread and a side salad to make it feel "fancy".