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A glass casserole dish filled with a baked pasta.
Chicken Pasta Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Rest Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Creamy pasta with chunks of chicken

Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked pasta recipes, chicken pasta bake, pasta bake
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 249 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Pasta
  • 1 pound penne pasta
Sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 4 cups Cooked chicken chopped
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes 28 oz can
Topping
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley chopped (optional)
Instructions
Pasta
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cool water and set aside.

Sauce
  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat combine oil and flour. Stir for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Whisk in flour and continue heating over medium heat stirring for 2-3 minutes. 

  3. Add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

  4. Whisk in milk. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring often. When milk begins to simmer, it will begin to thicken. Do not boil.

  5. Once milk is thickened, add salt, pepper, Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes.

  6. Turn heat to low and whisk in Monterey Jack cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  7. Add tomatoes and chicken. Fold in carefully.

  8. Place cooked pasta in a large bowl.  Pour cheese mixture over pasta and stir carefully so all pasta is coated with sauce. 

  9. Spray two 9 x 11 inch casserole dishes with a non stick spray. Divide pasta mixture evenly into both dishes.

  10. Top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  11. Bake uncovered in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40 minutes until hot and bubbly.

  12. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

  13. Add chopped parsley before serving (optional)

To Freeze
  1. Allow casserole to fully cool. Wrap in foil and place in freezer. To use, remove from freezer and allow to partially thaw for at least 6 hours.  Bake as directed increasing cook time by 30 - 45 minutes. 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 264mg11%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 226mg23%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.