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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

This pasta bake starts with uncooked pasta and ends in a cheesy, delicious casserole that everyone will love.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: main dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lindsey Johnson
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Baking dish
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne or fusili pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup leftover cooked chicken cubed or sliced
  • 2 cups mozzarella shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • For serving: steamed roasted, or sauteed green veggie of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Have a 2- to 3-quart baking dish ready.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, chicken broth, chicken, and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Transfer to the baking dish. Top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, dried Italian herbs, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. 
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle the top of the casserole evenly with the breadcrumbs. Bake for another 10 minutes, uncovered, or until golden brown and casserole is bubbly all over.
    Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake
  • Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Gluten-free pasta and bread crumbs can be substituted.
  • Omit cheese for a non-dairy version and use olive oil instead of butter in the crumb topping.