On Wednesdays Erik and I try to have a date night at home. We cook a nice meal, open a bottle of wine and spend time together. And by try…I mean we’ve done it 5 times since we’ve lived in our new house (for the past 3 months). But hey, we try.
Yesterday evening I made this delicious chicken florentine artichoke bake, we drank wine and watched Modern Family and Nashville after the girlie went to bed. We had our date night and it was great.
This meal is very flavorful and it made a ton of food. We’ll be eating leftovers for a couple days for sure (we love leftovers in our house).
Chicken florentine artichoke bake (recipe via Better Homes and Gardens)
8 ounces dried bow tie pasta
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz.)
1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 10 ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/2 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In medium skillet cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.
2. In bowl whisk together eggs, milk, seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Stir in chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, half of the Parmesan, cooked pasta, and onion. Transfer to a 13x9x2-inch baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole.
3. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. In small bowl combine remaining Parmesan, bread crumbs, paprika, and melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over pasta. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more or until golden. Makes 6 to 8 servings.