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Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

When we shared our recipe for marinara sauce, we talked about how versatile it is. We’ve used it in spaghetti, lasagna and now this Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

In this recipe, we take the classic marinara sauce and mix it with parmesan cheese, cream and salt, creating a shortcut version of a tomato cream sauce or vodka sauce that is creamy, cheesy and delicious. It serves as the base for the pasta, chicken and spinach. When combined, they create a mouthwatering blend of Italian flavors.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

The strings of melty cheese as you pull a spoonful from the baking dish – and the pasta and chunks of chicken – mean kids and adults alike will love this tasty meal that is quick and easy to prepare. Leftovers reheat well in the oven or microwave, so don’t worry about making too much.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach


Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (1 lb.) penne pasta, cooked al dente, drained
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups baby spinach
1 package (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Instructions
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream and salt.
Add cooked pasta, chicken and spinach, stir until blended.
Place half of pasta mixture in prepared baking dish. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover with remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is heated through.
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Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

Everybody loves comfort food this time of year, and lasagna is no exception. But instead of baking in the oven, this lasagna is made in the slow cooker. The layers are stacked as usual, but with this method, you can walk away – perfect for weekends filled with errands and holiday shopping, so you can still come home to a hot meal.

Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

This recipe uses our favorite Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce and features Italian sausage for a little kick. Make it your own by adding healthy veggies or substituting ground beef or turkey.

Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Classic Lasagna
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, divided
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Chopped parsley, for serving
Instructions
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage. Drain oil, then add onions and garlic; cook until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce and 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning. Remove from heat.
In a medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and remaining Italian seasoning.
Spread 1/2 cup of sauce mixture in bottom of slow cooker crock. Layer 3 lasagna noodles over sauce, breaking to fit as necessary.
Spread 1/3 of ricotta mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times, ending with sauce.
Cover and and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on LOW for 6 to 6 1/2 hours.
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and cover until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Notes
To arrange uncooked noodles in an oval crock, place one noodle in center of crock. Cut or break off ends of 2 more noodles to fit beside the center noodle. Use the small pieces to place in any open areas. Repeat for each layer.
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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

This slow cooker marinara sauce is a beautiful red blend of chunky tomatoes, fresh basil and aromatic spices. It’s absolute perfection on spaghetti, and it could be used on a hundred other things, too. That’s the beauty of this recipe: it makes a lot, so you can store some in the fridge or freeze it for later use in a lasagna or pasta bake.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Don’t worry, making homemade marinara sauce isn’t complicated or difficult. In fact, it’s so easy, you can put it all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it simmer all day, just as if you were making it on a stovetop. Need a meat sauce? Just add cooked ground beef, pork, turkey or sausage to the finished sauce, and you’re good to go.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can always have delicious, homemade marinara sauce on hand, save money on jarred sauces and know what ingredients are in your food when you use this simple and flavorful slow cooker marinara recipe.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 small bunch (about 1 ounce) fresh basil, leaves only, cut into strips
Instructions
In a large saucepot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent and garlic is golden, about 4 minutes.
Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, parsley, oregano, salt, dried basil and pepper. Bring to a boil, then pour tomato mixture into the slow cooker crock.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 9 to 10 hours. Stir in fresh basil before serving.
To store, cool and place in air-tight containers. Freeze up to 6 months.
Notes
If you have a slow cooker with stovetop-safe cookware, substitute it for the saucepot in the directions above. After cooking the onions and garlic, add ingredients as listed, place the cookware in base, cover and cook as directed.
For a meat sauce, add 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of cooked and drained lean ground beef, turkey or sausage to the crock with the other ingredients, then continue to cook as directed.
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The 2014 Hamilton Beach Holiday Gift GuideFor the cook who is busy all day but wants a home-cooked dinner at night, a slow cooker is the answer. And with the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker, technology takes a big leap forward from the outdated slow cookers found in yesterday’s kitchens.