Chicken and Spinach Noodle Casserole
1tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
10 ounces package frozen chopped spinach, partially thawed
15 ounces container Ricotta cheese, part skim
3 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 ounces wide noodles, not egg noodles

  • In a small saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon of the butter. 
  • Add the onion and garlic, cover and cook over low heat until the onion is tender, about 8 minutes. 
  • Add the spinach, increase heat to medium, cover and cook until the spinach has completely thawed. 
  • Uncover the spinach and stir it over slightly higher heat until all the excess liquid has evaporated. Let it cool slightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the spinach mixture, Ricotta and Parmesan. Season with nutmeg and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling water. Do not salt water. Do not add oil to water. Season with onion powder and stir in keep from sticking. 
  • Drain and immediately stir into the cheese and spinach mixture.
  • Butter a deep 1 to 1 1/2 quart baking dish with 1 teaspoon of butter and pack in the mixture. 
  • Dot the top with the remaining 1 teaspoon of butter and bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is brown and crusty. Let the casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving.


-I decided at the last minute to add some chicken to this dish so I cut up 2 chicken breasts.
-I used 2 garlic cloves.
-I added a handful of fresh, chopped parsley.
-I used about 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Put a pot of water on to boil for the noodles.
  • Chop up an onion and 2 garlic cloves.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan.
  • Chop up the chicken breasts and brown in the melted butter.
  • Add the onion and garlic cloves and let it all cook for about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add 3 big handfuls of semi-defrosted chopped spinach.
  • Cover it and let it cook for another 6-7 minutes to totally defrost. I then uncovered it and cooked for a couple of more minutes.
  • Put a container of ricotta cheese and about 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese in a bowl. 
  • Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook until al dente.  I used about 1/2 of a bag of egg noodles. 
  • Uncover the chicken mixture and throw in some fresh chopped parsley.
  • Put the chicken mixture into the same bowl as the cheeses.
  • Drain the noodles and add them in with the chicken and cheese.
  • Spray a 9×9 baking dish (anything this size will work) and put the entire mixture in the dish.
  • Cut up some pads of butter and put them on top.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
Here’s what you’ll end up with:
This dish was really good. I’m definitely glad that I added the chicken breasts to this as it made it a little more heartier.  This dish has the potential to be a little dry so add a bit more butter on top and then let it melt down. You could also add maybe 1/2 of a can of cream of chicken soup.  Add a can of artichokes to make it a chicken, spinach and artichoke pasta.