What’s for dinner? Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

It was another rainy day in the city today…

Something hearty and easy was in order for dinner tonight. Our daughter had some homework to get done afterschool, and I wanted to help her with it, so being in the kitchen a lot wasn’t gonna fly. I needed something that could cook unattended for awhile, so here’s what I made:

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

adapted from gimmesomeoven.com

Ingredients:

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake Ingredients

350g short pasta

2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 2 small chicken breasts)

1 batch alfredo sauce (see below)

1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I didn’t have enough, so I added in some cheddar)

1 cup frozen peas

Handful of spinach (chopped)

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup low-fat milk (I used 1%)
3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of well-salted boiling according to package instructions. Drain. Return pasta to the stockpot and add chicken, alfredo sauce, peas and spinach. Gently toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated.

Pour half of the pasta into a greased 11×7-inch or 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of cheese. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Remove and serve immediately, sprinkled with additional toppings if desired.

To make the Alfredo Sauce:

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute one minute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant. Sprinkle with flour, and stir to combine. Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.

Slowly add chicken broth, whisking to combine until smooth. Whisk in milk, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for an additional minute until thickened, then stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until the cheese melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

So this turned out to be awesome! No fighting with the kids to eat their dinner AND, Little Dude had 3, 3! helpings!!!

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