Chicken and Spinach Penne Pasta

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 20, 2020)

Penne pasta can be some of the most wonderful pasta around, as long as you make it right. One of the best ways to make penne pasta is by mixing a little chicken and spinach in with it. Once cooked, the chicken penne pasta can be served either hot or cold, though it is probably best when served hot. Regardless of how you serve it, this recipe for chicken and spinach penne pasta will leave you wanting more. For some reason, one serving is never enough.


  • 4 ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • Sliced grape tomatoes (optional as garnish)


  1. Cook chicken. Place a medium sized pan onto your stove, and set it to a medium high heat. In this pan, place three tablespoons of butter, the chicken, and some salt an pepper. Continue to cook the chicken until it has been cooked all the way through, and then remove it from the pan. Slice the chicken into thin slices, about 1/4 inch wide, and then slice them in half again. Set the chicken aside for later.
  2. Saute spinach. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, begin sauteing the mined garlic in one tablespoon of butter. Once the garlic has begun to brown, add the spinach leaves. Continue to saute the spinach leaves and the garlic until the leaves begin to wilt slightly. Remove the spinach and garlic from the pan, and set aside for later.
  3. Prepare pasta. Use a large pot, add enough water to cover all pasta, and then place on your stove. Turn the heat on high, and add a dash of salt. Wait until the water is at a rolling boil, and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta until it is done (test with a fork, if you can slice it in half then it is done). Remove the pasta from the heat, and drain it.
  4. Mix ingredients. Return the drained pasta to the hot pot, and begin adding the ingredients together. Add the pasta, chicken, Mascarpone cheese, and spinach and begin mixing. Mix the ingredients until the cheese has started to melt. Once the cheese has melted, remove the pasta dish from the pot, and place into a serving bowl.
  5. Garnish and serve. Garnish the chicken and spinach penne pasta with some Parmesan cheese, and sliced grape tomatoes. Serve immediately for a hot dish. Chill the ungarnished pasta dish in the refrigerator before garnishing for a cooler version of this same dish.

This recipe, as listed here, will serve four people. The recipe is easily adjusted for more servings, since all you need to do is double the ingredients for eight servings. If there are any leftovers when you are finished, simply place them into a air tight plastic container, and store in the fridge.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Yard

Rabbits, while they may look all cute and fluffy, can be some really nasty pests when it comes to your yard or garden. ...

Discover More

Storing Food Storage Items

If proper care isn't taken, food storage items such as freezer bags, aluminum foil, Tupperware, and more can quickly ...

Discover More

Growing Tea at Home

If you are tea enthusiast, and love to do some gardening, then why not spend a little time growing some tea. It's not ...

Discover More
More Cooking Tips

Storing Homemade Noodles

Nothing can set off a soup or pasta dish quite like homemade noodles. Considering how much work can go into making the ...

Discover More

Delicious Spaghetti Sauce

You can get spaghetti just about anywhere, but nothing is quite so good as homemade spaghetti. Here's a recipe for ...

Discover More

Cincinnati Chili

If you've ever visited a chili parlor and ordered a phony coney and a 4-way, then you're certainly in the greater ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)