Ahhh, creamy pasta dishes. Not something you’d think would be included in a healthy eating plan.
You’ll never guess that this dish clocks in at only 8 grams of fat per serving. This simple casserole will please the whole family, and you may even get your kids eating spinach and liking it!
I would even keep this dish handy for entertaining. Paired with a nice salad and warm vegetable side, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
This version is gluten free, but adjust according to your needs. You could easily substitute for whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat flour as a thickener instead of a gluten free flour in the white sauce.
Yields: 6 Servings | Serving Size: 1-1/2 Cups | Calories: 315 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 8 | Fat: 8 g | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sodium: 396 mg | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 26 g
- 4 x 3 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pre-cooked, cut into cubes (rotisserie chicken works too)
- 1/2 box frozen spinach, thawed & squeezed to remove access liquid
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp flour (I used Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten free flour
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups no-salt added chicken broth
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup low fat cottage cheese, blended to make smooth consistency
- 2/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated (use small holes on grater)
- 1/2 pound whole grain pasta (I used brown rice spirals)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mist a 9 x 11 baking dish with oil. Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large pot, heat olive oil to medium-low and saute garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add flour and whisk for 30 seconds. Add chicken broth and stir until thickened. Add lemon juice, nutmeg, oregano & pepper. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat and add blended cottage cheese, spinach, chicken, Parmesan cheese & pasta. Stir to combine. Place in casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden & bubbly.
Recipe by Kristine Fretwell. Find Kristine’s “Busy But Healthy Recipe Club” on Facebook for more healthy recipes.