Chicken, Leek, & Preserved Lemon Pasta + Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole Giveaway

It’s become popular in recent years to keep a gratitude journal. Often no more than a simple notebook, this practice allows one to list and enumerate the many things for which they feel grateful. I’ve often considered adopting this habit, but have never quite managed to commit to that kind of journaling (sometimes it’s all I can do to keep up this website).

However, I have much that for which I am grateful. And if I were to start making lists, near the top would be my gratitude for my dinner making abilities. It might sound silly, but I am grateful that it’s something I have both the means and the skills to do without a whole lot of heartache or struggle.

Throughout my adult life, I’ve picked up an assortment of know-how related to making dinner. How to make soup. How to roast vegetables. How to toast grains in a little bit of butter before adding water to increase their deliciousness. And how to make a one-pot pasta dish.

I’ve made a number of these pasta dishes over the years (here’s a memorably delicious one) and their original inspiration is always the single skillet pasta recipe from Martha Stewart that took the internet by storm a several years back. This one takes a bit longer than the Martha version, but most of the time is hands off, so it still manages to feel blessedly simple.

This particular one-pan pasta dish features a whole bunch of leeks, braised boneless, skinless chicken thighs, baby spinach, creme fraiche (for creaminess), and several tablespoons of diced preserved lemon peel (about three-quarters of a small preserved lemon).

The resulting meal is hearty, bright, and really comforting. It reminds me of the casseroles of my childhood, only without a can of cream of mushroom soup.

I made this dish this weekend particularly to feature the Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole. A few months back, a rep from Lagostina emailed and invited me to participate a promotion/giveaway to show off the goodness that is this pan.

And it is good. The wide cooking area and non-stick surface makes for quick cooking and even speedier clean-up. The tight-fitting lid makes a nice braising environment. It’s oven safe (in case you want to crisp the top of your pasta). And it’s pretty enough to go straight from stovetop to the table.

The Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole is valued at $49.99 (a steal for such a sturdy pan) and can be found exclusively at Macy’s. For more information about Lagostina, check out their social accounts and visit their website.

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Thanks to the kind folks at Lagostina, I have one of these lovely casseroles to give away. Please use the widget below to enter.

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Disclosure: Lagostina sent me this casserole to use and write about. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Chicken and Leek Pasta

serves 6 to 7 as a main dish, more as a side


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, well washed, trimmed of the tough ends and sliced into half moons
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 12 ounces baby spinach
  • 12 ounces small pasta
  • 4 ounces crème fraiche
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons diced preserved lemon peel


  1. Heat the olive oil over high heat in a five quart casserole like the one pictured above. Add the cleaned and sliced leeks and cook for 3 to 4 minutes over medium-high heat, until they wilt and reduce.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Push the cooking leeks to one side of the pan and arrange the chicken among the leeks. Cook the chicken until brown and flip.
  3. Add the chicken stock to the pan (I dissolved a couple spoonfuls of Better Than Bouillon into 4 cups of boiling water) and cover. Reduce heat to medium and braise for 30 minutes.
  4. When time is up, add the baby spinach to the pan. Cover and cook for five minutes.
  5. Stir the wilting spinach into the chicken and use your spatula to break up the chicken into shreds.
  6. Add the pasta (if the pan is looking dry, add a bit more water). Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes, until pasta is tender.
  7. Stir in the creme fraiche, parmesan cheese and preserved lemon peel. If the pan looks dry, add a splash of water to loosen the pasta.
  8. Serve hot.

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154 responses to “Chicken, Leek, & Preserved Lemon Pasta + Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole Giveaway”

  1. I might just be super suggestible, but the recipe you posted seems spot on. And I’m always in the market for something that uses my preserved lemons!

  2. I have been really into the one pot pasta dishes recently as well! Eating Well magazine had a spread on them in the last issue – my favorite is one with kale, tomatoes, onions and (in our house, veggie) sausage.

  3. Soups, something hearty with potatoes and sausage. I like that I can also put this in the oven!

  4. Cooks Illustrated has a whole collection of recipes that use a single skillet, but I often find that I make a mess of the stove with the shallow sides. This pan looks like it would be perfect for those dishes without the huge mess.

  5. Yah !!! A new casserole to play with. I am a homecook, everything homemade, and my toys (as I call them) are ALL my cooking apperatices. I would love to have the oppertunity to play with this new casserole. As we speak, I am making homemade Beef enchiladas that will finish off in the oven in a casserole dish. I would LOVE, Love, Love to make my chicken & asparagus casserole in it as well. I do look forward to the opertunity. Thank you!

  6. I would love to make chicken and dumplings or chili in that pan! It’s gorgeous 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

  7. The first thing I would make is this Chicken and Leek Casserole! I just started some preserved lemons after using up my last batch and the recipe sounds excellent.

  8. I love all things tomatoes. Add some beef and veggies and I have dinner. This is one beautiful pan.

  9. Stock, tuna casserole (first on the stove then finished in the oven), jam, lentils & sausage, tomato soup with rice and barley, ketchup, beef stew, chicken stew, what *wouldn’t* I make?

  10. I’m on the lookout for recipes using preserved lemons as well – and chicken and dumplings is one of my favorites! This pan would be used often and with enthusiasm ~

  11. Will definitely try this recipe. I didn’t make preserved lemons in Feb. Is there a good substitute or should I just leave them out? I’ve started one pan recipe board in Pinterest so this will be a good addition.

  12. This would be great for any one-pot pasta, like fusilli with bacon tomato sauce or any mac and cheese.

  13. Oh yes! I’d make Dijon chicken, or stir fry, or any other amazing things! I love the versatility of this pan- stovetop to oven!

  14. This pan would get a lot of use in my kitchen ! The chicken and leeks sounds wonderful. Even if I don’t win. thanks for the opportunity, Marisa.

  15. I do make a lot of soups but I think my first time using this pot if I should win would be my homemade spaghetti sauce or some homemade salsa.
    thank U 4 this giveaway opportunity.
    (Sorry, but I don’t use Facebook or Twitter)

  16. My preserved lemons have been waiting for this leek, chicken, preserved lemon, & pasta recipe. Now I’ll have the best pot!

  17. Mmmm… your recope looks tasty! So many great dishes could be made in that gorgeous pan… pork green chili… sundried tomato marinara… hard to choose just one!

  18. I also am a fan of the one pot or one skillet dinners. Love having something satisfying, healthy and easy to feed the family without a huge cleanup.

  19. What’s more awesome than a nice looking, one pot meal, prepared in a terrific casserole? It’s still winter here; rain, rain, rain…and this casserole would make meal prep fun!

  20. A pasta maybe with some broccoli rabe and some fresh mozzerella and parm – throw in some good pasta water and let it just simmer or maybe put in the oven and let it get all crunchy on top. Thanks for the giveaway

  21. What a delicious looking dinner! I’d use this to make my baked beans, stews and soups for my soup club, and one-pot dinners.

  22. This chicken & leek casserole looks like a perfect thing to make in this pot! 🙂 But chili or some curries would be wonderful too.

  23. The possibilities are endless! Nice to see a preserved lemon use. (I bought 10lbs of lemons from your favorite source! LOVE them!)

  24. I’m planning to make braised round steak this weekend, with beef from the family farm. this would be perfect for that!

  25. Actually, I’d start with THIS recipe,lol. It sounds fantastic. I newly love boneless, skinless chicken thighs so it would be great. I also make a huge batch of cabbage-veggie soup every week so this would SO help, my old big pot is really thin on the bottom so stuff tends to burn. Crossing my fingers!

  26. I’d make my favorite one-pot meal: AIP/Paleo Chicken Curry from “Nourish” by Rachel Bryant. It’s dairy-free, grain-free, and nightshade-free, but jam-packed with wonderful flavor! Delicious!

  27. I would make soups, stews, sauces, you name it! I would also make this pasta. I am always looking for new ways to use preserved lemons. So many if the recipes I find are heavily spiced, and some of my family are averse to such intense spice flavor in their food. This looks simple and light. Thank you!

  28. I’m going to make this recipe whether I win that pan or not! Thanks!

    Question – can you use this pan for small batches of jam, or no?

  29. Mushrooms – loads of mushrooms. Possibly a mushroom bourguignon?
    And if the pan could bring me closer to a Wegmans, even better!

  30. I love to make creamy chicken soup and also try this pasta recipe with Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole!

  31. I would make this wonderful looking chicken and leek meal, although I also plan to make it tonight.

  32. What a lovely pan. I would make soups, stews, braises. I love being able to go from the stovetop to the oven.

  33. What a beautiful pot! I’d make all kinds of things in a pot like this. First thought was carnitas, but it would also work for soups, the recipe you shared sounds wonderful, beans, italian sausage and pepper sugo and the pasta would fit right in…I made black berry syrup today and I bet this pot could have handled that quite well. What a great pot, thank you for offering this giveaway.

  34. I’d make all sorts of things in this lovely casserole! It would be perfect for beef stew, and kielbasa with vegetables, and I think it would be good for making jam, too.

  35. This pan would be a near-constant use in my kitchen. I do a lot of small batches of stock using leftover chicken bones that I then use to make soups with and this looks like the perfect vessel to make the stock and then the soup and without having to break out a stock pot. Two of my most common soups are either a tortilla soup or avgolemono soup This pan would be perfect for either.

  36. First thing I would make is potato goulash Viennese style. The second thing is a huge batch of very cheesy batch of Mac and cheese.

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