Florentine Stuffed Chicken & Basic Baked Spaghetti

sometimes i get tired of cooking the same things for supper. {shocking. i know.}

from time-to-time i peruse the popular recipe sites.  i came across these recipes and {surprise}
they're delicious!

bake them at the same time ~ it only takes about 30-35 minutes in the oven.

Florentine Stuffed Chicken                  Basic Baked Spaghetti

10 oz pkg chopped spinach                     1 pkg {16 oz} spaghetti sauce
  {thawed/drained}                                     1 lb spaghetti noodles
1/4 cup grated Parmesan                         1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup chopped onion                            3/4 lb lean ground beef         
4 bone-in chicken breast halves                 {optional. i chose not to add     
2 cups spaghetti sauce                                it since i was making chicken.}       
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella                    

preheat oven to 350°F.

begin cooking pasta, according to package directions {about 8-10 minutes}. {if using ground beef, begin browning in large skillet. once cooked, add spaghetti sauce.  reduce heat and simmer.}

in medium bowl, combine spinach, Parmesan cheese and onion.

place chicken breast halves in 9x13" baking dish.
using a knife, slit the breast to form a cavity.

stuff each breast with 1/4 of spinach mixturecover with sauce.

by now the spaghetti should be done.
add spaghetti sauce {combined with cooked beef, if using} and
pasta and place in a baking dish.  top with cheese.

bake both dishes 30-35 minutes  
{until chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbly.}

sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of chicken dish and
bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

there ya go... a deliciously colorful dish!

serve it with your favorite salad or even breadsticks.
buon appetito!


  1. Great photos-- Looks delish, and it's all ingredients you'd have on hand!

  2. OHHHHH MYYYYY GOOOOSSSHHHH!!!!! The stuffed chicken look BEYOND delicious!!! Josh isn't a huge spinach fan but I don't care!! I am so making this!!