Mr. Food: Chicken Pasta Bake

February 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
This cheesy all-in-one chicken casserole dish literally shouts "comfort!" It makes use of ingredients you can easily keep on hand so you can always be ready to throw together this hearty meal!

Makes 6 Servings

1 pound penne pasta
2 pounds ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (12-ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and well drained
1 (10-ounce) package or 2 cups cooked chunked chicken breast
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare penne pasta according to package directions; drain. Coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, evaporated milk, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mix until well combined.

  3. Stir in broccoli and cooked chicken; mix well. Add the penne and toss gently until well mixed; pour into baking dish and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

  4. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes then remove foil and bake 5 more minutes.