Baked Pasta Romana with Pan-Seared Chicken

Layers of steamed Spinach and pasta in a bubbling Romano-Asiago cheese sauce, topped with garlic pan-seared chicken
So, I just went to Olive Garden yesterday and tried their new Baked Pasta Romana with Chicken and this is my recipe for the same at home at considerably less than $13 a plate. Enjoy!

Serves 4

2 cups Italian Cheese blend: Mine contained: Asiago, Parmesan, Romano, and Mozzarella
2.5 cups milk
2 TB butter
3 tb flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup powdered Parmesan Cheese

2 chicken breasts pounded flat [about 1/2 thick] and cut into about 2X2 inch pieces
1/2 box favorite pasta [I used 10 Lasagna noodles for mine]
1/2 bag of baby spinach 
1 large tomato diced

Chicken coating:
 1 cup flour
 2 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp salt

  1. To make sauce: In microwave safe bowl add milk, and flour [whisk together until flour is well incorporated] then add: butter, salt, and pepper. Heat on high for 4 minutes [not until boiling, but still very hot.  Whisk, then add Shredded cheese, stir well and heat another minute until all cheese is melted. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  2. While cheese sauce is heating, cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Put pasta together in greased pan like you would a traditional lasagna— Sauce, noodles, sauce, spinach leaves, noodles, sauce, spinach, pasta topped with cheese sauce last. Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 F degrees.
  4. While pasta is baking, dredge flattened [ I hammered mine until about 1/2 inch thick], quartered, chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  5. Heat 2 or 3 TB olive [or coconut] oil in large skillet over med-hi [my dial was at between7 and 8] heat. Add chicken in one layer and cook for 3 minutes. Turn pieces over and reduce heat to medium and cook about 3 more minutes until juices run clear.
  6. Set chicken aside on plate and keep heated.
  7. Serve baked pasta topped with pan-seared chicken and garnish generously with diced tomato.


  1. I just stumbled across your blog! I love the food you make! How do you not have more followers!? I will def be making some of these for my man! Thanks!

    -Andrea Loree
    Coffee, Chocolate & Pen.

  2. Thank you so much! Oddly enough, I get about 250 hits a day, just no new followers. I guess they just sign up for the rss feed, but blogger doesn't keep track of those numbers or who they belong to.
    Would be gratifying to see more shiny, happy faces in my follower box though, for sure!
    Let me know you like the recipes you try.
    ~Anne Tierney

  3. Wow- well keep up the good work! When I get a chance to make something (and the money, lol) I'll post it on my blog & link to you. I'm still pretty new at blogging, but I'm getting some pretty good traffic. I'm hungry now just looking at all of these!
    -Andrea Loree

    1. I'm now following your blog and your Pinterest. Funny, we seem to like a lot of the same things, too bad you don't live in Nashville, I'd invite you over for dinner!

  4. Haha... dangit! That'd be amazing! I'd just love to learn how to cook! Most everything I do, I have learned on my own.

    I also saw your books page on Pinterest. I read a series a couple of years ago that you might like. It's called the Daughters of the Glen series by Melissa Mayhue. They're fun Irish time travel/fairy reads... sounds like you're kind of thing!
    I emailed the author, Melissa Mayhue, a couple of years ago or so too, and she was very nice!
    -Andrea Loree


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