I am so excited to share this Italian Wedding Pasta Skillet with you today, I’m totally obsessed with this recipe. If you like Italian wedding soup or chicken noodle soup then this pasta skillet featuring all the same flavors is going to knock your socks off. Mini meatballs, pasta shells, sauteed chicken, carrots, celery, spinach and onions all coated in a savory, flavorful sauce and topped with parmesan cheese – it’s pure comfort in a bowl. This dish also makes great leftovers and trust me, you’re going to be excited to eat this again the next day. I basically want to eat it all the time. Even better? Each serving is just 325 calories or 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!
This Italian Wedding Pasta Skillet does have several components, but you can definitely save yourself some time if making it on a weeknight but prepping some ingredients ahead of time. If you’re looking to prep ahead, you can always chop the onions, carrots and celery ahead of time (I use my Pampered Chef hand chopper) and toss them in a zip-top bag in the fridge until you need them. You can also cut up the chicken ahead of time (I use kitchen shears, I find it’s so much quicker than a knife) and cook the pasta ahead (just take it out of the fridge when you start cooking and stir it in at the end letting it warm through). You can even make and roll the mini meatballs ahead of time and store them in a tupperware in the fridge (or freeze them!) until ready to use. With a little bit of early prep this recipe can come together in no time for a speedy meal on a busy weeknight.
Looking for more tasty lightened up pasta recipes? Check out my Sausage Ricotta Pasta, Lemon Chicken Orzo with Tomatoes and Asparagus, Chicken Pesto Parmesan Pasta Skillet, One Pot Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti Bake, Beef Stroganoff, Beefy American Goulash, Pizza Lasagna Roll-Ups, Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells, Slow Cooker Kickin’ Chicken Pasta, Beef and Sausage Manicotti, Pumpkin Alfredo Tortellini Skillet, Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna Roll-Ups, Cheesy Chicken Veggie Pasta Skillet, Spinach and Parmesan Orzo, Sausage Tortellini Skillet, Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake, Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Shells, Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti Pie, Spicy Sausage Pasta, Cheesy Taco Pasta and many more in the pasta section of my recipe index!
Italian Wedding Pasta Skillet
- ¼ cup plain bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon skim milk
- 8 oz uncooked medium pasta shells
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 12 oz raw boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite-size pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- ½ cup finely chopped carrot
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup reduced sodium fat free chicken broth
- 1 (10.75 oz) can of healthy request cream of chicken condensed soup
- 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 oz parmesan cheese, finely shredded (I use the smallest holed side of a box grater)