This amazing Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake is full of flavor and spinach! An easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!
Chicken Bacon Spinach Casserole
When you need a delicious and filling dinner, I don’t know about you, but I often turn to pasta. This Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta Bake is a fantastic and flavorful meal that is excellent for making on a busy day or when you need the perfect comfort food!
With a few ingredients and a couple of seasonings (all of which are easily purchased at your grocery store), you can make this rich pasta dish and likely have leftovers for the next day. It’s a great one to heat up for lunch (or breakfast, if you are like me!).
This creamy bacon alfredo casserole can be altered to meet your dietary needs pretty easily. If you want to make it vegetarian, replace the bacon with veggie crumbles or veggie bacon.
If you are looking for a vegan option as well, replace the alfredo sauce with a vegan alfredo and use a dairy-free cheese instead. Make sure to pick one that melts well because you want it all melty on top!
Perfect for busy weeknights, this easy dinner is a rich pasta dinner that will satisfy the entire family.
- Be sure to keep the bacon fat in your mixture. It will enhance the great flavors.
- Bell pepper is the easiest addition to make if you’d like. Cook it with the spinach.
- Consider adding some red pepper flakes to the dinner table to sprinkle on top.
How To Make Chicken Spinach Alfredo Pasta
8 oz rotini pasta
1 lb chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tbsp olive oil
5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups fresh baby spinach, washed
1 bottle alfredo pasta sauce 15 oz
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook your pasta in a large pot according to the package directions. Drain and place the hot pasta into the greased baking dish. Set this aside.
Take out a cutting board and slice the boneless skinless chicken breasts into small pieces. Season the cubes with salt and black pepper.
In a large skillet, sauté the tender chicken in olive oil over medium heat, stirring until the cubes are cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
Using the same pan over medium heat, add the cooked and chopped crispy bacon and sauté to reheat. Add your garlic and onion powders to the bacon and continue to sauté for 1 minute.
Keeping any bacon grease in the pan, add your fresh spinach to the smoky bacon mixture. Continuously sauté the ingredients as the spinach wilts.
Once the spinach has wilted, add your chicken back to the pan.
Add the creamy alfredo sauce to the mixture and stir everything together. If your pan is too small to hold all of the components, pour your cooked ingredients into a large bowl or the pasta pot and mix them with the creamy sauce.
Add the contents from the frying pan to the casserole dish with your al dente pasta and stir all of the contents with a slotted spoon until they are well incorporated.
Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top of the creamy chicken alfredo pasta mixture.
Bake the bacon pasta on the middle rack in the oven for approximately 20 – 25 minutes or until the cheese melts and everything is heated through. Serve hot and enjoy!
Store any leftovers in the casserole dish under plastic wrap or aluminum foil in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
What Do I Do If I Have No Alfredo Sauce?
If you don’t have any alfredo sauce handy and you want to make this amazing chicken bacon spinach pasta recipe, you can make your own cream sauce pretty easily.
This is an easy homemade alfredo sauce that will require a brick of cream cheese, some parmesan cheese, butter, garlic, and milk. For the milk, whole milk, skim milk, or low-fat milk will work
Can I Use A Pasta Other Than Rotini In This Chicken Alfredo Bake?
Yes! Rotini is the cooked pasta that I enjoy with this dish, but you can use any kind of pasta you have on hand or a gluten-free pasta alternative for this easy meal. A penne pasta, fusilli pasta, angel hair pasta, or any shape of pasta that will hold the sauce will work great.
For a low carb option, you could also attempt to use zucchini noodles if you pat them dry with a paper towel before adding them to the casserole dish.
Can I Use Turkey Bacon Instead Of Pork Bacon?
Yes! This chicken alfredo bake will work just as well with turkey bacon, but since it doesn’t have as much fat as pork bacon, you will want to sauté it while you are heating it with both the onion and garlic powders and then move on to the next step. Don’t overcook your turkey bacon.
Can I Use Leftover Chicken In This Creamy Pasta?
This quick dinner is also a great way to use up leftover chicken, so if you have some, you don’t have to cook up new chicken breasts. It is the perfect meal for using up a rotisserie chicken, shredded chicken, or chicken strips that you cooked the night before. This is a super easy recipe to tweak to your needs.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 558Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 959mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g
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This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietitian. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.