Friday, April 19, 2013

A Restaurant Worthy Meal at Home - Creamy Spaghetti with Chicken & Spinach


Pasta is a go-to meal in our family.  I am a carb-a-holic and pasta is definitely one of my personal favourites.  Funny though, I have a hard time ordering it in restaurants although they often have much fancier and more delicious sounding recipes than I make at home.  Our family favourite is good old Spaghetti Bolognese but sometimes I wish we could switch it up a bit, get a little more adventurous and create a restaurant worthy dish at home.



One reason I hesitate ordering pasta at a restaurant is that it always seems so overpriced for what you get.  The second reason is that we have so much pasta at home that it just seems silly to order it when someone else is doing the cooking.  Maybe if I can make restaurant worthy pasta at home I won’t covet it so much on the menu at restaurants.

In my attempt to create fancier pasta dishes (that my family will eat) I decided to try this Campbell’s recipe for Creamy Spaghetti with Chicken and Spinach.  First of all it starts with bacon so how can you go wrong?  Secondly, it has chicken which is definitely a step up from ground beef.  Thirdly it has some greens.  Could we be so fancy at home?

The recipe was made even easier with a store-bought rotisserie chicken.  The messy, time consuming work was already done for me.  All I needed to do was open a few cans, toss in a few spices, add cooked spaghetti and stir. 



I used fresh thyme when I made it because I had some on hand and I omitted the mushrooms because this mama just doesn't love mushrooms - cook's prerogative.

The kids were a little skeptical when they saw it on the table and noticed the spinach peeking out between the noodles.  Funny thing is, they love spinach in salads but it seems that mixed into a cooked recipe it took on a whole new life.  Luckily they were hungry and soon got past the green visitors. 



My daughter dove in with a huge mouthful and quickly exclaimed “Yum!”  My son was a little more hesitant but once he tried it he realised how tasty it was.  I think the creaminess of the soup took the acidity off the tomatoes and added a really nice rich, smooth flavour.




I added in fresh basil for my husband and me.  After serving the kids portions I ripped up and tossed in a handful of basil leaves at the last minute.  It added a really nice peppery taste and definitely increased the restaurant worthiness of this recipe. 

I am happy to have a new pasta recipe in our repertoire.  Next time I’m at a restaurant and looking at the pasta dishes I can order something different and rest easily knowing that I can make something just as good at home and save a few dollars at the same time.  

Creamy Spaghetti with Chicken & Spinach

Image: Cook With Campbell's



Ingredients

1 lb (454 g)cooked spaghetti
8 oz (224 g)cooked chicken
1 can (10 oz/284 mL)CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Low Fat Cream of Chicken Soup
1 cup (250 mL)canned crushed tomatoes
2 slicesbacon, chopped
6 oz (168 g)button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup (60 mL)milk
1/4 tsp (1 mL)dried thyme
½ tsp (3 mL)black pepper
1 cup (250 mL)chopped spinach
¼ cup (60 mL)basil (optional)

Directions

  1. Sauté bacon 4 minutes in a large non-stick pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and thyme, lower heat to medium and cook 4 minutes more
  3. Add soup, tomatoes, milk, and pepper, cook 4 minutes, covered.
  4. Add spinach, chicken and pasta, bring to a simmer and stir to completely coat noodles.
Tip:  You may use any pasta shape you like; for chunky noodles like penne simply cut your mushrooms in quarters and keep your chicken and bacon pieces bigger.


This post was generously sponsored by Campbell’s, but the opinions and images are my own.
For more quick and easy meals kids will love, visit CookwithCampbells.ca.

18 comments :

  1. this looks yummy cute pictures :) nice meeting you yesterday following you on twitter

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  2. Thank you! Great meeting you too. This meal was quick and easy and my kids loved it. Good one to keep in the back pocket!

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  3. Looks delicious! My fiance refuses to let me order pasta for the reasons you mention above.

    Can't wait to try this recipe!

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    1. Isn't it amazing how much they charge for pasta? Try this recipe and make sure to add the basil. It is delicious!

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  4. Looks delicious and very easy!!! Your kids are super cute too :)

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    1. Thanks Renee! The recipe is a keeper and the kids too!

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  5. Looks delicious and quick to prepare. I really like that there's spinach hidden in there! :)

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    1. You could totally cut up the spinach smaller if you have picky eaters but mine realised that it added to the flavor.

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  6. Looks yummy......might have to try that once we get our kitchen back! Gotta love renos!

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  7. You'll be happy you tried it, especially on busy week nights. Wholesome, filling and delicious. A winning combo.

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  8. mmmm looks delicious! and easy enough for a college girl to make :)

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    1. Easy and healthy. A great college combination. Wish I'd cooked like this in college.

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    1. What kid doesn't like to slurp up long noodles and cover their chins in sauce, right? Kid friendly indeed!

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