Wednesday, March 28, 2012

chicken broccoli alfredo pasta bake

This was a meal that was tossed together, but was easy and worked well. I had alfredo sauce waiting to be used, and this was the perfect way to use it. 

Here's the recipe: 

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta Bake

What You Need:
-1/2 box of pasta (I used whole-grain rotini, but any kind would do)
-2 cups broccoli (I used frozen, you could use fresh)
-chicken (we used a couple frozen breasts, easily cooked on the stovetop, cubed)
-1/2 of a jar of alfredo sauce
-1/2 of a Kraft Fresh Take (Italian Parmesan)


This is ridiculously simple! Essentially, you are cooking the chicken, broccoli, and pasta according to package or however you would normally do it. 

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Then, onto those ingredients.

I used half the box of pasta for a 8 x 11 baking dish, and followed the box's instructions for boiling the noodles. 

I had the chicken already cooked previously, but a couple breasts cooked in a basic way on the stove top was perfect for this recipe. I cubed mine, but shredded would be a nice way to try it.

Using frozen broccoli, I followed the directions on the back of the package, essentially boiling the couple cups of broccoli in about a cup of water for 5 or so minutes. 

I set the cooked broccoli and chicken aside, and drained the pasta noodles before tossing the noodles back into the pot they were just in. With the stove top on low heat, add half the jar of alfredo sauce to the noodles and stirred it well. Then toss in the chicken and broccoli, and the hard part is done!

Pour the combined mixture into a 8 x 11 baking dish (or larger if you double the recipe and use the whole box of noodles). I happened to have lots of Kraft Fresh Takes on hand, as there were some crazy sales on them, and with additional coupons they were very cheap! The Fresh Takes have cheese, seasonings, and breadcrumbs, and there are many varieties. I've used a couple to coat chicken, but I decided to use an Italian Parmesan one to top this dish, and it was the perfect addition. 

Pop in the 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes, or until the top is nice and crispy. 

As we are super busy this week, this is the perfect dish to have in the fridge to heat up for a quick meal. Paired with a nice side salad, it seems to work well!

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