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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Chicken parmesan pasta in a white pot

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Creamy garlic chicken pasta with Italian cheeses.

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Ingredients

  • 1-pound whole grain tubular pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-pound chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach or chopped kale
  • 45 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken or vegetable stock
  • 12-ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheeses (mozzarella, provolone), divided
  • ½ cup freshly shaved or grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large oven-safe pot. Add cubed chicken and season with the Italian seasoing (if using), ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is opaque. Add spinach/kale and saute 2-3 minutes, until mostly wilted. Add garlic and saute 30-60 seconds, until fragrant. Stir in the flour.
  4. Pour in the stock and evaporated milk and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes or until thickened. Season with the remaining salt and pepper. Add the 1 ½ cups of the shredded Italian cheese and ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese until melted. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Fold in the cooked pasta until combined.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining shredded Italian cheeses and Parmesan cheese on the top of the pasta. Bake 10-15 minutes or until melted and bubbly. Optional: Broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Let slightly cool, then serve topped with chopped parsley.

Notes

Cooking Tip: If you’d like to skip the baking step, simply add all cheeses to the pot and serve as a stove-top pasta dish.

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Keywords: pasta, pasta bake, chicken parmesan, macaroni and cheese, easy, comfort food

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