Cheesy Baked Pasta

Tonight I used the the very last food item from my Healthy Living Summit swag bag to make a delicious dinner!

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I used a box of Eden Organic kamut ditalini pasta to make a cheesy baked pasta dish that totally hit the spot after yesterday’s pasta cravings.

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Cheesy Baked Pasta

Serves two, or one very hungry person

(Note: If serving two, you will likely want a side for along with this dish, as the serving size is rather small for two people)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook + Bake Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/2 cup whole grain ditalini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 can chicken, drained (4.5 ounces)
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until it’s al dente (slightly firm)
  4. Remove pasta from heat, drain and place back into pot
  5. Add chicken, broccoli and 3/4 cup of the cheese, stirring until cheese begins to melt
  6. Add marinara sauce and breadcrumbs and stir until everything is mixed together
  7. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted

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This was a super-cheesy dinner winner in our house tonight! It kind of reminded me of baked ziti or mostacholi. So good!

In Need of a New Show

With Bachelor Pad over and Jersey Shore not interesting me like it used to (well, we always DVR it, but we’re not motivated to stay up and watch it like we used to be), I’m out of television shows that excite me. (Please refrain judgment on my show choices.)

I really like having one show to look forward to during the week and feel like I must be missing out on some quality show out there right now.

Why can’t Friends still be running? Wah.

Anyway, if you have any “must watch” shows that you’ve been enjoying lately, feel free to share! Since Ryan and I have no friends in our new hometown yet, we’re looking to make some new television friends until we get some kind of a social life here.

Gosh, I sound so pathetic. Smile


  1. Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza says

    I watch complete trash most of the time (no shame) and I love:

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (the season just started), Millionaire Matchmaker, and the Bad Girls Club (extra trashy, but I cant stop watching!)

    As for non-reality shows, embarrassingly, Andy and I watch the new 90210 on Tuesdays at 8pm (the season just started). It’s really cheesy, but good!

    I’m also looking forward to Simon Cowell’s new show X Factor starting soon.


  2. says

    Parenthood just started back up on NBC this week! It’s so good. You can watch Season 1 and 2 on and Hulu.

    Mad Men is great. We stream it on Netflix instant play.

    LOST = all time favorite 🙂


  3. says

    I’m a Survivor addict — we actually call it “Survivor Night” in my house and all my coworkers know that I’m outta there on time because it’s “Survivor Night” 🙂

    A friend got me hooked on The Amazing Race, too. I am dying to try out for that show with my husband!


  4. says

    Bethenny Frankel’s “Bethenny ever after” and “Bethenny getting married” are two of my fav’s …but probably not something Ryan would be interested in haha. I’ve heard Criminal Minds is awesome! I’m a wimp and can’t watch it myself though : /


  5. Cortney says

    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills just started back up. Rachael Zoe Project. Always Sunny in Philadelphia is completely inappropriate, but really funny! The new season just premiered last night. Millionaire Matchmaker is great too.


  6. alex says

    Totally in agreement with the person above me on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Always Sunny! If you are looking for something really trashy to fill the void, though, I suggest Big Easy Brides on WE. Trust me.


  7. Jen M. says

    Modern Family!! Parenthood, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries (I know, I know, but I love it and the guys are soooooo cute!), Parks and Recs is hilarious to me, but I think it’s an acquired taste, same with 30 Rock, Tina Fey cracks me up, but I know she’s not for everyone. I’m really excited for Whitney and New Girl, I have high hopes for them, and the pilot for Free Agents was pretty good. I also love Criminal Minds and Fringe.


  8. Christina says

    I’ve been playing catch-up on some past entries I missed, so not sure if you’ll still see this so long after the post…. HOWEVER, if you’re fiending for some Bachelor Pad-ish energy, I’d definitely suggest Real Housewives. The best part is there are tons of em, (New York (my fave), New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Orange County, etc.) so if you get into one and love it, there will likely be another similar one on as soon as you’ve finished the season. I’d watch at least two episodes to give it a chance – sometimes there’s lots of women in a season and it can take a sec to get sucked in, but when you do – OH SO GOOD! I’d also definitely recommend any of the Kardashian shows – good stuff.


  9. Nadja Rodriguez says

    Hi, I love your blog and I have never left a comment before and I know it was a while ago but if you are still looking for a new show, check out Revenge! I love love love that show!


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  11. Kathleen says

    Hey! I love Once Upon a Time and I saw that you loved Disney on one of your playlist posts! This show is not by Disney but it has a lot of the same characters in it! My boyfriend and I are obsessed, we are Disney fanatics! The good news is it’s only on its second season! Hope this helps!


  12. Tara says

    Hi Julie,

    I just started following your blog, today! I have been looking for some blogs which highlight healthy, low-calorie recipes and yours really interested me!
    I wonder, do you post the calories, and other nutrition information on your recipes? Especially this pasta one, which looks delicious!



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