Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta

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Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta

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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional, I did not add)
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 box of penne pasta
  • 1/2 bag (4 oz.) fresh spinach
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, add the pasta and cook until tender (7-10 minutes). Drain.
  2. While waiting for pasta to cook, dice the onion and mince garlic. Cook both in a Large skillet with the olive oil over medium- low (i did more medium) heat until softened and transparent (5 minutes, mine took about 8).
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juice), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes (optional), salt, and freshly cracked pepper to the onions and garlic. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the tomato paste and a 1/2 cup of water to the skillet and stir until the tomato paste is dissolved into the sauce.
  5. Turn the heat down to low, cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Use a whisk (I used a fork) to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has fully melted in and the sauce is creamy.
  6. Add the fresh spinach and gently stir it into the sauce until it had wilted (3-5 minutes). Add the pasta and stir until it is well coated in the creamy tomato sauce.
  7. Set the pasta/ sauce mixture aside, and begin cooking the chicken in separate skillet.
  8. Cook chicken on Medium heat until white in center. (4 minutes on each side).
  9. Cut up chicken and add to tomato sauce in skillet.
  10. Mix in chicken, on medium heat until warm.
  11. Enjoy!

 

xo,

Lauren