One-Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake

Yes I have eight enormous photos but it’s worth it!

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Today it’s all about this dish. No willy nilly. No riff raff. No bamboozle caboodle. No swindley bimbly. No flim flam shim sham. No hornswoggle hoodwinky dinky boodonky konk.

It’s one pan. It’s dried pasta. It’s uncooked everything. It’s blanketed in cheese. And it WORKS.

Are you excited!? I am! But I get excited about peeling off sunburned skin, so . . .

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. (name that movie) You simply take DRIED (!!) spaghetti, break it in half and place a little on top of your favorite marinara in a baking dish. It can be homemade. It can be jarred. It doesn’t matter because it’s Tuesday night and you’re tired but still cute in that new blouse you got going on there.

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Then! Take some presliced mushrooms (weeknight meal), some thawed frozen spinach (weeknight meal) and some diced raw (!!) chicken (weeknight meal) and plop her down on top of the noodles.

Then add more noodles. And the rest of the mushrooms, spinach and chicken (weeknight meal weeknight meal weeknight meal) (!!!).

Was that confusing? Because my head hurts a little.

Wait, are you still thinking about sunburns?

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Finish with a few noodles, then pour the rest of the marinara on top of errrthang. Make sure every noodle gets covered in sauce. This may sound like a lot of sauce, but I’m telling you, you need it. Don’t cry for me Argentina.

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Then, for the love of all the baby ponies and gerbils in the world, cover the entire thing with so much cheese you almost go blind. Then add more.

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Do you remember that one time when mama said knock you out? Because she did. And this was it.

You just won’t believe it, the pasta is perfectly al dente! Not mushy at all. Not undercooked. And the chicken is gorgeously tender in all that sauce. 45 minutes was my magical time. Your oven may have PMS, so maybe check it at the 30-minute mark? Whatever you do, make as huge a mess as I did, so I don’t feel so alone in this world. Thanks, man. You’re the best.

One pan! Hold on that needs to be in bold. ONE PAN. Dump it all in dried and raw, layer layer, bake bake and seriously your face will praise your face for the rest of time.

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

One pan!

One-Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake:

What it took for 4:

* 8 oz (half a box) dried spaghetti, broken in half
* 8 oz (package) sliced mushrooms
* 14 oz chicken breast (two breast halves), diced
* 2 tsp dried oregano
* 1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid
* 42 oz (one 26 oz jar + one 16 oz jar) of your favorite marinara
* 1 (8 oz) block mozzarella cheese, shredded
* 1 pinch salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 350.

Season the diced chicken with the dried oregano, salt and pepper.

Pour about a cup of the marinara in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. (an 8×12 dish works great, too) Layer half of the spaghetti along the bottom of the dish. Layer with half the sliced mushrooms, half the chicken and half the spinach. Arrange a few more dried noodles on top, then follow with the rest of the mushrooms, chicken and spinach. Layer the remaining broken spaghetti on top and cover the entire dish with the remaining marinara. Make sure every noodle is covered with sauce. Sprinkle the dish with the mozzarella cheese.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 to 20, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Cuddle up.

One Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake / Bev Cooks

Now I want a cookie.

 

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55 Responses to One-Pan Chicken Spaghetti Bake

  1. Matt Robinson October 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm #
    This would be such a big hit, I've got to make this for the family soon!
  2. Amy @ Chew Out Loud October 21, 2014 at 12:14 am #
    OMG, you are so funny. mama said knock you out = me cracking up, trying not to wake snoring hubb. I'm marking this one to make soon and very soon, because weeknights. Love it! :)
  3. Sune Moolman October 21, 2014 at 3:52 am #
    You had me when I saw all that cheese on the first photo! Loving this! :D
  4. Emily October 21, 2014 at 8:09 am #
    Yep... pretty sure I NEED to make this! Emily www.workinggirlafterhours.com
  5. kelly @ livelovepasta October 21, 2014 at 8:34 am #
    I am so into this!!!!!
  6. Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life blog October 21, 2014 at 9:22 am #
    oh my word -- YES!! I want this -- I also want to not be a complete scaredy cat by being afraid to add raw chicken to raw pasta ... but if you say it works, I say ... let's doo this!!
  7. Sarah B October 21, 2014 at 9:34 am #
    I'm freaking out right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons October 21, 2014 at 9:37 am #
    I make baked spaghetti near weekly and HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS! Bah-rilliant! You just stepped up my spaghetti game =)
  9. Michelle October 21, 2014 at 10:45 am #
    Dannnng Bev, I'm subscribed to you via email - so this post was one of the first emails I opened my eyes to today. And for hours now I've been dreaming of this. Wanting it in my belly. Considering throwing the pork roast I have defrosted in to the leaves and curling up with this badboy.
  10. Kristina October 21, 2014 at 11:04 am #
    I can't believe no one has named the movie!! The hills are alive with the sound of one pan!! And music :)
    • Marybeth August 29, 2016 at 1:30 am #
      The Sound of Music, its my most favorite movie ever !!!!!
  11. Tanah October 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm #
    Wow easy and delicious looking!
  12. Lail | With A Spin October 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm #
    This is brilliant. Comforting, quick, easy, less pan to wash. My kind of weeknight meal. Thanks Bev.
  13. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm #
    I want this in my mouth. I also can't wait to meet you. It's mildly embarrassing how excited I am.
  14. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm #
    You are hilarious, I loved reading this post! Genius idea, so many different options come to mind so I can't wait to try it!
  15. Nicole October 22, 2014 at 6:52 am #
    For the songs... going with "Sound of Music"... and then a little LL Cool J in there? (Ladies Love...)... now humming/rapping "mama said knock you out" at my desk. Quietly. Recipe looks amazing and oh so easy. Best kind + cheese. YES.
  16. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures October 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm #
    Wow! What an easy meal!
  17. Liz @ Floating Kitchen October 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm #
    Whoa. This is genius. MIND BLOWN!
  18. Sheila Blanchette October 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm #
    I found you on Pinterest.This looks awesome. The movie is my all time favorite: The Sound of Music. I blog about week night recipes too. Recipes from my novels-#novelsforfoodies, and I blog about the Sound of Music. Seriously. Check it out. http://sheilablanchette.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/climb-every-mountain/
  19. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes October 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm #
    uncooked pasta goes RIGHT into the casserole dish?? you freakin' rock Bev! pinned :)
  20. Sarah October 28, 2014 at 12:53 am #
    Oh wow this looks so great!
  21. Kevin @ Closet Cooking October 29, 2014 at 7:27 am #
    That looks so good and I love that it is one pan!
  22. Marolyn October 29, 2014 at 9:16 am #
    OMGoodness...........this looks so easy and so good. YUMMMMMMMM. One question...does it freeze well??? The hills are alive.....
    • Bev Weidner October 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm #
      Ding ding! I haven't tried freezing, but I'm suuuuure it would be just fine!
  23. Aggie October 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm #
    Don't cry for me Argentina. Weeknight WEEKNIGHT Meal. This is it. I'm in awe. xo
  24. Lisa November 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm #
    I made this the other day - it was terrible. I mean wonderful. but as a working mom who has a kid that will get stabby if dinner isn't on the table at 6 p.m. sharp, what are your thoughts on assembling in the morning and leaving in the fridge all day and then throwing into the oven right when i get home? Think anything would get too soggy?
  25. Maria November 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm #
    I made this last week...so good! Now that I know the perfect spaghetti/sauce ratio, the possibilities are endless. Thanks!
  26. Emily @ Life on Food November 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm #
    The only think that would make this more perfect is that cookie at the end.
  27. Ruska November 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm #
    Hey Bev, Can I use cooked chicken breast for this recipe?
    • Bev Weidner November 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm #
      You can! It shouldn't dry up too much in all that sauce. I'm thinking it would work just fine!
  28. Stephanie March 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm #
    Made this last night and it was so incredibly easy and delicious! Maybe it's my oven, but it took about 1 hour for my thin-sliced chicken to cook all the way through, then I let the cheese bubble uncovered for another 20 minutes. Just my experience! Still easy and yum yum!
  29. Nicole March 31, 2015 at 11:47 am #
    This was glorious(ly easy and good).
  30. MizzMo May 15, 2015 at 11:33 pm #
    OMGosh - this is our new go to meal! Our kid L-O-V-E-S this recipe (and we do too)!!! So glad I found your site!!
  31. Bethany Jones May 28, 2015 at 3:46 am #
    Wow, that looks MARVELOUS! What a great idea - spaghetti & chicken in the oven. It looks just like lasagna, but with spaghetti instead. Splendid! I'll try to surprise my gf tonight. I'm not a good cook and I might not do it as good as the author of this post, but at least I can make it up to her later at night ;)
  32. Daneybird June 9, 2015 at 10:17 am #
    I made this last night for my boyfriend and he was in love! Haha he ate half the casserole in one sitting!! Thanks! Love your recipes and your humor :)
  33. Bekah June 17, 2015 at 6:12 pm #
    Normally, when I am looking for something to throw together for our evening meal, I skim through all the talk and pictures and just get to the recipe to see if it is something that looks do-able. I have three boys and a husband who keep me super busy, so I don't have time to read the frills and the jibber-jabber about this and that and how this smells and all (I mean that in the nicest way, I just try to streamline my reading and my recipe finding). With that being said, I read your WHOLE BLOG ENTRY! I was cracking up. I am signing up to get your emails because I need that in my life! As I type this, the recipe for this deliciousness is in my oven. Can't wait to try it. And if the boys don't like it, just means there is more for me to love!
    • Bev Weidner June 18, 2015 at 9:02 am #
      You've made my day! Thank you! (p.s. how was it?)
  34. Emily July 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm #
    I've made this three times....didn't have spinach or mushrooms.....turned out great each time! I followed directions as far as the layers but I used a jar of spaghetti sauce along with a can of diced tomatoes, added garlic powder and basil to the sauce ...turned out great each time!! I used one large chicken breast, sliced thin. This is a keeper!
  35. Mac McNeill September 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm #
    I made this a couple of months ago, I felt it needed some pasta and spinach. I had to add pasta to it. I'm now making it again with additional pasta and spinach. Wish me luck.
  36. Denise Sanders February 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm #
    no, the size of the photos are not worth it. i could not reload the site while making dinner. redo the photo resolution... (:
  37. KOLA June 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm #
    Just wanted to say thanks man. Or woman. That was the funniest 30 seconds of recipe-reading I ever done did. I too love baby ponies and gerbils.
  38. SONNY MEDCALF October 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm #
    WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR MUSHROOMS? I CAN'T STAND THE FUNKY FUNGI. THANKS, SONNY
    • Bev Weidner October 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm #
      I say just leave 'em out! Or swap in some zucchini or squash if you like that. Whatever you want!
  39. Dan October 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm #
    I just made this recipe for the first time and it was great. I made a couple of small changes, used half cottage cheese and half mozzarella and fresh from the garden red bell pepper instead of mushrooms. I love mushrooms but I'm the only one in the house that does so bell peppers were a suitable substitute. Thanks for posting, we really enjoyed your recipe!
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  42. Anonymous April 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm #
    I made the one pan spag bake and it was awful the pasta not cooked and the chicken was as hard as bullets. Won"t waste time and ingredients again. Jedda
  43. Gina July 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm #
    Do you cook the chicken before layering it?

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