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Chicken Florentine Bowtie Pasta

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Here’s a deliciously simple weeknight dinner for you that I prepared for and the Real Women of Philadelphia. This is one of those dinners the the whole family loves. Creamy with lots of chicken and full of flavor 🙂  Enjoy!!

I am off to San Diego for the weekend with my traveling BFF Amanda. Follow our fun as we hunt down the best sweet shops the city has to offer 🙂  I’ll be posting faithfully on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Chicken Florentine Bowtie Pasta

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped white onion
1 clove minced garlic
4 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Cups Philadelphia Cooking Creme
1 pound bowtie pasta or other small noodle
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place oil in Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in spinach leaves, cook, stirring until wilted about 2 minutes. Add chicken, salt, and pepper, and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add cooking cream, stirring to combine.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water to stop cooking. Add pasta to chicken mixture stirring to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted.Makes 8 servings

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  1. 1

    Jenny what a great recipe..that would make planned leftovers, which is the way I cook: with EXTRA in mind so I dont have to cook again at the next meal. I just…reheat 🙂

    Hope your drive down to San Diego is smooth and traffic-free!

  2. 2

    i want to go to san diego! hope you guys have a blast (as i’m sure you will)!

  3. 3

    Love this pasta Jenny, a perfect meal for the lunch box too!

  4. 4
    Sues says:

    Yum! I love creamy one-dish dinners like this. Have a blast at BlogHer!!! So sad I’m not there 🙁

    • 4.1
      Jenny says:

      Thanks Sues. Not sure how much of BlogHer I’ll actually be at, but can’t wait to be in that fun city!!

  5. 5
    Bev Weidner says:

    Is there any way at all that I could canoe my way through that casserole and eat as I go? Seriously. I’m dying.

  6. 6

    Great job!! Loved your video. Can’t wait to see you girls tonight!

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    Melissa says:

    Okay, what’s Philadelphia cooking creme? This sounds delish.

  8. 8
    Allison says:

    Looks delicious…what if we can’t find the cooking creme…can we sub cream cheese or something with some added spices? Help Jenny…this looks delicious and I want to know! YUM! 🙂

  9. 9
    Tara Lynn says:

    I’m always looking for a new pasta recipe and I love that this uses the cooking creme. That stuff is my new obsession. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. 10
    Heidi says:

    If I wasn’t pregnant and having major food aversions, I’d totally make that for dinner. All of (what used to be) my favorite foods in one dish. Yum. Maybe in another month.

  11. 11
    Erin says:

    Huge fan of simple weeknight diners, want to try this soon!

  12. 12
    LC says:

    Oh yum! I am going to make this tonight. I’ve been wanting to try the new Philly flavored cream cheeses — this looks so delicious and easy. Thanks!

  13. 13
    Megan Siana says:

    Yum. I will try this very soon!

  14. 14
    Carrie says:

    Should you use the plain cooking creme or one of the flavored versions?

  15. 15
    heather bell says:

    Wow! That loooks really good!

  16. 16
    Niki says:

    Yum! Indulgent, but simple!

  17. 17
    Jenn P says:

    Yum! I wish they would make a reduced fat cooking creme! I drool over your recipes. Now that I’m doing Weight Watchers, I’d have to plan my whole day around you super yummy, indulgent dishes! Yummy!

    • 17.1

      Use one block of reduced fat creme cheese and a half cup of chicken broth. Melt and stir over low leat. Voila, lower fat cooking creme! You can add different spices for different flavones.

  18. 18
    Crystal B says:

    This looks delicious! Which Cooking Creme did you use?

  19. 19
    Denise Rowe says:

    Made this for dinner last night. Used the plain cooking creme, it’s the only one the store had. It was very yummy, love to try it with a flavored.

  20. 20
    Connie says:

    Where is cooking creme in the store? I have never heard of it!? I want to make this but not sure where to find!?

  21. 21
    Jennifer C says:

    what flavor cooking creme?

  22. 22

    That looks delicious!!! Anything with noodles and cheese is right up my alley! 🙂

  23. 23
    Cheryl Newton says:

    I was also going to ask what flavor; I was going to guess the Italian one, what with the mozzarella and all. I *completely* forgot there’s an unflavored one.

  24. 24
    LC says:

    I made this last night, and I could hardly resist picking the pan clean! It’s a great recipe and we certainly enjoyed it and look forward to our lunchtime leftovers. I really like the new (new to me) Philadelphia Cooking Cream and can’t wait to pick up the other flavors on my next shopping trip. Have a great time in my beautiful hometown, SD!

  25. 25
    Holly says:

    I made this last night and it turned out great! I used McCormick italian spices on my chicken. Also sprinkled some on the top of the spinach as it was cooking and on top of the dish before I put it into the over. My husband went back for 3rds. =o)
    You didn’t specify which cooking creme you used but I went ahead and used the italian cheese and herb, perfect. =o)

  26. 26
    Lora Bakalar says:

    Hi: Curious to know the name of the font you used for this wonderful dish?
    ~ Thanx

  27. 27
    Shannon says:

    Just wanted to say that I made this recipe for some guys and they loved it!! They said it was a keeper! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Thanks!

  28. 28
    Jill B says:

    I made this dish for dinner tonight! It was so good! The whole family loved it and it was so easy to make!!!

  29. 29
    Lane says:

    Do you know if I can freeze this? (before putting mozzarella on top)

  30. 30
    Carrie Grasty says:

    OMG, I fixed this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING!The grocery store was out of fresh baby spinach, so I had to use a box of frozen chopped spinach. SO pleased with how it all came together!!! Can’t wait to have it again!!! Thank you!

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    Marian says:

    I have this baking in the oven right now! I added some yellow squash I had in the fridge and used the italian herb philly cheese creme! Smells delicious! Thanks for the great dinner idea!

  33. 33
    Kendra g says:

    Just made this; it was delicious! Thank you for posting!

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  35. 35
    IndianaAnna says:

    Made this last night using unflavored Philadelphia cooking creme. It was delicious! In fact, I’ve been counting the hours this morning until I can eat leftovers for lunch. I’m thinking I might try it out with the Italian flavored creme next time.

  36. 36
    Just Jaimie says:

    What a great way to incorporate spinach into a meal! My picky 2 year old is going to love this!

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    Looks yummy! I’m going to make a meal for someone soon, and this looks like the perfect thing! Thanks!

  40. 40

    Made this earlier in the week. Big hit with my two biggest critics – my husband and my child. I separated the pasta into two 8 x 8 casserole dishes then cooked one and put the other in the freezer. I LOVE finding recipes that I can freeze for later!

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  42. 42
    sweetpumpkin says:

    This is so yummy! I’ve made it about 4 times now. I have been making a half batch since it is just the two of us. My husband likes it reheated but I am not as big of fan of this one reheated. The night of though it is super gooey and good. Thanks for another go to recipe!

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    foodie says:

    This is soooooo good!!
    Thank you, thank you!!

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    Nikki Marie says:

    So good!! I made mine with a box of frozen spinach since they were out of regular spinach at the store. I also used the savory garlic flavor creme, delish!!

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    Alessia says:

    Chicken Bowtie Pasta: PHENOM! I am eating the leftovers as I type. Great weeknight “what am I going to cook for dinner that won’t take forever” dish!

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  51. 51
    Kristen says:

    This was so good and easy to make! I cut the recipe in half, added two small roman tomatoes and used Italian cheese flavored cooking cream.

  52. 52
    Diane says:

    Made this today with Italian herb 1/3 less fat cooking cream and added broccoli and a can of artichoke hearts. Soooo good! Thanks!

  53. 53
    Allyson says:

    This sounds so good, but you lost me with “cooking creme.” I try to stay clear of adding processed and added preservatives into my family’s food. I’ll be playing around with it to see what I can use to substitute.

  54. 54
    Jenny Cheatham says:

    The cooking cream is no longer being made. So what else do I use? Dinner guess coming in few hrs, Please help!!!

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    Maryann says:

    I cook a lot and I love this one I never cooked this before! If I make it, it wont be dry? There don’t seem to be much liquid to it?

  57. 57
    Jackie cree says:

    Deliciousness! Used regular old lite cream cheese..about 10 oz, and added about 4 T lite sour cream along with a healthy chug of white wine. Could not find the cooking creme. Also added 6oz sliced mushrooms. This was so so good and easy. Thank you much!

  58. 58
    Iris Brown says:

    Served this for company. Everyone loved it. Thx

  59. 59
    Laurie A. says:

    Since they discontinued the cooking crème, I found this recipe on Epicurious that allows you to make your own with whatever flavorings you want and not have to worry about preservatives and all that other stuff. I’m making this tonight for 3 hungry teenage boys (one is mine and the other two are exchange students) who are in the middle of final exams. This should satisfy them! =)

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    Emily Adams says:

    I don’t think they even make Philadelphia cooking creme anymore. Do have some ideas for substitutes?

  61. 61
    Lisa Bynum says:

    Hi Jenny, I am having trouble viewing this recipe. You have a video that keeps covering it up. When I scroll down, the video jumps to the side bar. But when I scroll back up, it jumps right back over the recipe.

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