Pesto Chicken Penne Casserole

Pesto Chicken Penne Casserole

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linda 26

"Creamy, flavorful and so easy to fix. This meal-in-one will wow family and friends. Makes a lot, so freeze some or halve the recipe."

Ingredients 1 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 760 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 760 kcal
  • 38%
  • Fat:
  • 47.2 g
  • 73%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.7g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 45.4 g
  • 91%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 1210 mg
  • 48%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil in a small bowl until evenly moistened; set aside.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the chicken in a bowl with the Italian cheese blend, spinach, tomatoes, alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, and milk. Stir in the pasta once done, and scoop into the prepared baking dish. Top with the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown on top, 40 to 45 minutes.
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Footnotes

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  • I also make my own Alfredo sauce and use 2 cups in place of the jarred sauce.
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sunflower
8/29/2012

Geez some people drive me crazy! How on earth are you going to rate this recipe when you haven't even made it??? & because of the calorie/fat content? Not at any point does this recipe say low calorie or low fat! To rate a recipe with 1 star because of what it "sounds" like completely defeats the meaning of this website. I've never commented before, but I am just amazed at some users sometimes!!! By the way...wonderful recipe!!! Will make again & again...& again!

linda
1/27/2012

As the submitter I would just like to say it is a comfort food food that my family and friends love.And was not meant to be lowfat. Hypertrophy I use a very large deep pot to mix it all in:)

Maggie
8/29/2012

Fantastic! Made it exactly as written and my whole family was delighted. As is often the case with pasta, the flavors "married" overnight and the leftovers rocked! I am pleading with those of you who feel compelled to give a negative rating to a recipe you've never tried to please resist the urge. If you read the ingredients and decide it is not for you because of calories, salt, fat, or whatever, why are you even reading the reviews and adding your opinion? The rest of us are not interested in your lecture, but rather the experiences of those who have actually made the recipe.