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One-pot Spinach Chicken Pasta

by Adam Bianchifeatured in 6 Unforgettable Pasta Recipes In Red Sauce


for 3 servings

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons salt, divided
  • 1 lb penne pasta (455 g)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 28 oz crushed tomato (795 g), 1 can
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ cup heavy cream (120 mL)
  • 5 oz spinach (140 g)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese (55 g)


  • parmesan cheese, to taste

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 1183
    Fat 46g
    Carbs 136g
    Fiber 11g
    Sugar 17g
    Protein 63g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Boil water in a large pot over high heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to water and add pasta. Cook pasta until almost al dente, or for 1-2 minutes less than the recommended cook time. Drain.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add chicken, salt, and pepper. Brown chicken, making sure to cook through. Set chicken aside.
  4. Add 2 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, and red chili flakes into the pot and stir.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, stirring for a few minutes.
  6. Add cream, stirring until incorporated.
  7. Add spinach and stir until the spinach cooks down and incorporates.
  8. Add chicken, pasta, and parmesan, stirring until pasta is evenly coated.
  9. Garnish with more parmesan cheese and serve!
  10. Enjoy!