Creamy three-cheese chicken and spinach pasta is made with basil pesto, cream cheese, Asiago, and Parmesan cheese. This pasta dish is done in under 30 minutes and feeds the whole family.
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This three-cheese chicken and spinach pasta is a delicious and creamy one-pot meal that is easy to throw together!
It has three kinds of cheese that make it especially tasty – Parmesan, Asiago, and cream cheese. It’s simple and quick, which makes it perfect to prepare during the work week after a long day.
What ingredients do I need to make chicken & spinach pasta?
- Chicken Breasts
- Pasta Noodles (Like Penne)
- Cream Cheese
- Half & Half
- Minced Garlic
- Jar of Basil Pesto (or try the homemade version below)
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
Adding spinach is a great way to slip in some nutrients to this carb-licious pasta meal — iron, folate, potassium, and is most known for its vitamin K content.
That looks like a lot of spinach!
I realize you’re looking at your 16-ounce bag of spinach and thinking, “‘Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of spinach.” But once you chop it and cook it, it does cook down quite a bit and is not so, how do you say… fluffy?
How to Make Basil Pesto
In a food processor or blender, combine:
- 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
- 3 tbsp Toasted Pine Nuts
- ¼ cup Freshly Grated Parmesan
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 3 tsp Lemon Juice
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
After finely blending the ingredients, stir in ¼ cup olive oil. Do not blend the olive oil, otherwise, it will become foamy.
Creamy Three-Cheese Chicken and Spinach Pasta
- 1 lb Chicken Breast, diced
- 12 oz Penne
- 16 oz Chopped Spinach
- 4 tbsp Basil Pesto
- 5 oz Cream Cheese
- ¼ cup Freshly Grated Asiago Cheese
- ¼ cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
- [1 pint Half & Half]
- 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cook pasta according to directions on box until al dente.
- Rinse and coarsely chop spinach.
- Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Dice chicken into 1" cubes.
- Using an oven-safe pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat and cook diced chicken, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic to the pan and cook 60 seconds, or until aromatic.
- Add half & half, cream cheese, pesto, and salt & pepper to the pan. Cook until cream cheese is melted. Stir in spinach and pasta. Top evenly with Parmesan and Asiago cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 8 minutes uncovered. Serve with hot garlic bread.
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