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Quick & Easy Lightened Up Chicken Spinach Alfredo With Penne Pasta

Weekday or weeknight, you simply can’t go wrong with this quick & easy chicken spinach alfredo with penne pasta! BTW, it’s lightened up with a delicious creamy cauliflower alfredo, BUT I promise you will NEVER be able to tell the difference…

chicken spinach alfredo in a skillet

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What does Sunday supper look like in your home? Do you go all out with a big home-cooked meal? Or are you just happy to have your entire family gathered around the table for once?

If I’m being honest, we probably lean more toward the latter. Sundays are usually packed with sports obligations, so spending a significant amount of time in the kitchen just isn’t happening. But it’s definitely the one day of the week that we all make an effort to eat together.

So naturally I’m a big fan of the Bertolli® brand’s new Sunday Supper calendar! It’s a fun way to get reminders, tips, and easy recipe ideas for your next Sunday supper. All you have to do is register to receive reminders, and you’ll be given several ways to add them to your family calendar!

chicken spinach alfredo made with Bertolli creamy alfredo with cauliflower & milk

Lightened Up Chicken Spinach Alfredo

While we’re already chatting about Bertolli, I have to tell you about their NEW Creamy Alfredo with Cauliflower & Milk. It’s seriously SO good, but it has HALF the fat and calories of classic alfredo! All thanks to a combination of cauliflower, fresh milk, and aged parmesan.

And I promise you won’t even miss them… In fact, I made the most amazing chicken spinach alfredo with it, and my kids had NO CLUE that I’d switched up the alfredo. Clean plates all around!

chicken spinach alfredo pasta in a skillet

How To Make Chicken and Spinach Alfredo

Want to make this chicken spinach alfredo pasta, too? It’s sure to be an instant classic with your family. AND it’s equally perfect for an easy weeknight dinner as it is for Sunday supper — because it only takes 20 minutes to make!

I used penne pasta in this chicken spinach alfredo recipe, so the first thing I did was get the water for the pasta boiling and throw in the dry pasta…

PRO TIP: Shave some time off this step with this Instant Pot pasta method. Yes, you really CAN make pasta in your Instant Pot!!

chicken and spinach alfredo in a skillet with a black and white striped towel
Once the pasta is going, I sliced some chicken breasts into strips, seasoned them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then cooked them in a skillet over medium-high heat until they were browned and cooked through.

Next I added some minced fresh garlic to sauté for about a minute, and then I poured the Bertolli Creamy Alfredo with Cauliflower & Milk over the top. Finally, I stirred in several handfuls of baby spinach and let it wilt into the sauce.

From there you just top your chicken spinach alfredo off with a sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese, and dinner is served! Easy pasta recipes like this always go over well in my house (especially when paired with this 15-minute garlic bread made with the easiest ever 4-ingredient garlic bread spread)…

I hope it’s a hit in your home, as well — bon appetit!

Chicken Spinach Alfredo With Penne Pasta

Chicken Spinach Alfredo With Penne Pasta

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Weekday or weeknight, you simply can't go wrong with this quick & easy chicken spinach alfredo with penne pasta! BTW, it's lightened up with a delicious creamy cauliflower alfredo, BUT I promise you will NEVER be able to tell the difference...


  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15.2-oz.) jar Bertolli® Creamy Alfredo with Cauliflower & Milk
  • 4-oz. baby spinach (about 4 lg. handfuls)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook and drain the penne pasta in salted water according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, season the chicken with the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the chicken strips until browned and cooked through. Stir in the minced garlic and for about one minute.
  3. Pour the alfredo sauce over the cooked chicken, and then stir in the spinach. Continue to cook until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Drain the penne pasta, then add it to the alfredo mixture. Toss well to coat.
  5. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and serve hot.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404.4Total Fat: 12.3gSaturated Fat: 2.6gCholesterol: 74.5mgSodium: 353.6mgCarbohydrates: 44.7gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 1.1gProtein: 32.4g

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More Easy Pasta Recipes

If you love this chicken spinach alfredo recipe, you might also be interested in these other delicious & easy pasta recipes!

  • Olive Oil Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti — just three ingredients and easy enough for weeknight meals but classy enough for a date night or entertaining guests!
  • Cacio e Pepe — silky and creamy pasta is made with just spaghetti noodles, cheese, lots and lots of black pepper!
  • Easy Cream Cheese Pasta — a simple 5-ingredient cheesy pasta dish that’s ready to serve in just 20 minutes!

I’d love to see how your chicken spinach alfredo turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!


Sunday 16th of July 2023

I used Rao's regular Alfredo sauce, and it was sooooo good!

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Ooh, I will have to look for this. Love their marinara sauce!

Pam Greer

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

I have already made this twice since you first posted it! So easy, delicious and creamy! Everyone in the family loves it!

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

That's awesome, Pam! It's been on repeat here, too -- so rare to find a dish that my whole family will eat.


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

This looks great. So easy too. I would like to try it. Nice to have a chicken pasta instead of meat all the time.


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

OMG, I Love Bertolli sauces. I had no idea that they have cauliflower alfredo. I need to get it ASAP! Thanks for letting me know, girl. This pasta is what I want to eat right now!


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

This looks amazing! I need to try Bertolli's new alfredo with cauliflower - alfredo seriously has my heart and I'm so excited to hear they have a lightened up version now.

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