Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One-Pan Chicken Lasagna

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With Mother's Day coming up, I am (even more often than usual) thinking about my mom; she is amazing.  Growing up, she was an elementary school teacher, carted me (and my friends) around to school sports and activities, and somehow also made a full from-scratch meal every single night by 6:00PM - Wonder Woman, I know.  She's Italian, so the meals that make me think the most of her are pasta recipes, but since I began living on my own, I've always looked for ways to shorten preparation and cooking time of some of my favorites.  I still want all the flavor, but the fewer the steps, the better!  How she had time to boil and cook the pasta, layer the ingredients, and bake a full lasagna on a Tuesday, I'll never know!  Well, I've taken out all but one of those steps in my easy Chicken Lasagna.
With the help of Barilla Pronto Pasta, it's: One Pan. No Boil. No Drain. AND a dinner on demand is ready in less than 15 minutes.  Combine that with Barilla Marinara Pasta Sauce and you have an easy meal!  Mike and I have been working crazy hours lately, so this recipe starts with ingredients we can grab on the way home from work at Walmart, and whoever gets home first can whip the lasagna up quickly so that we can have more time to spend together.
Ingredients:
1 box Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
3 cups water
1 jar Barilla Marinara Pasta Sauce
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 cup spinach
1 pound grilled chicken (optional)
Parmesan cheese to garnish

Directions:
1. According to package instructions, add the box of Barilla Pronto Penne and water to a 12-inch sauce pan.
2. Turn heat to high and cook pasta for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Bring the heat down to medium and pour in the jar of Barilla Marinara Pasta Sauce.  Stir to combine.
4. Add in the cheese, spinach, and bite-sized grilled chicken (if you choose), stir until spinach is wilted and cheese is melted, and serve with freshly-grated parmesan cheese.
Barilla Pronto Pasta is so quick and easy that it even won a Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product award!

  • Category of Win: Best Food & Beverage Products 
    • Specific Winning Product: Barilla Pronto Pasta Specific 
    • Year of Win: 2016 
    • Based on the 2016 BrandSpark/Better Homes and Gardens American Shopper Study of 38,000 voters nationwide. For more information visit www.BestNewProductAwards.com

 
So, Mom, I hope you know how much I appreciate all of the hours you spent making these amazing meals.  Someday I'll be the amazing home chef, multi-tasker, and time manager that you were, but in the mean time, I'll take short cuts with boiling and baking rather than flavor.
  • What's your favorite easy weeknight meal?
  • Anyone have a good gift idea for your mom this Mother's Day? 
Linens provided by Dot & Army and dishes provided by Noritake

26 comments:

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

My favorite words in one title! One, pan, chicken, lasagna!!! Definitely trying this! Sounds and looks delicious!!!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

um that looks amazing! you had me at italian. lasagna. all of the above! and especially one pan. perfect for my lazy self

xoxo cheshire kat

Carly Blogs Here said...

Sounds so good! I've used the no boil lasagna noodles before, but have wondered about other pastas!

Chesson | Magnolia+Main said...

This looks so delicious! & easy! Might have to try this one out soon.

The Lowcountry Mama said...

Looks so good! I didn't know you were Italian- me too (if you didn't guess being from NJ ha)

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

Oh yum! I am all about one pot meals. My mom is also Italian, and my fave mom meals always include pasta, too!

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

That looks so good and something my husband would totally get behind!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Yum! Total win-win.. pasta dish and one pan :-D
Green Fashionista

Julie said...

I love lasagna, this looks easy enough! :)

Lauren Honeycutt said...

This looks SUPER yummy!!!

Kristina said...

Yum!!! Give me all the ricotta cheese!!! My fave go to week night meal has been smoked sausage and kale soup! It's so yummy and lasts for days. This year I found adorable grandma key chains for both our moms and Jack an I have made hand painted aprons!

Alexandra Bee Blog said...

I think I could maybe live on pasta alone...so I am feeling super jealous of your mom's cooking! This looks so good and easy!

Jen said...

I make a dish similar to this and it's one of our favorites.

Gillian Ellis said...

What a yummy looking recipe and so easy!

BLovedBoston said...

I love a good pasta recipe!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Monica Lavin said...

This looks delicious! Def pinning this for later!

Ryan @apolishedpalate said...

Yum! This looks so delicious and I love how simple it is.

Kelley Elder said...

I have a version of this that we really like making during busy weeks, but it includes tortellini instead of penne. Gotta love the one pan, quick & delicious meals, right?? Hope the eye is back to normal!

amy said...

ricotta cheese for the win! <3
this looks delicious lady! thanks for sharing the recipe!

Kristie said...

Mmm this looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

xo,
Kristie
Kristie's Reverie

Hippie in Heels said...

This looks amazing! I going to have to try this one night!! My mom is Italian as well and her homemade spaghetti with meatballs is to die for!

Tiffany Hoard said...

Noms!!! Love a good one pot meal!!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

I am salivating over this! Pinned!

Ashley
acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

Emily said...

This looks delicious and of course one-pan recipes are the best! I will be trying this soon!

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Oh how delicious! I'll have to try this recipe soon!

Paige Brown said...

This looks delicious...pinning this to try later!

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