Thursday, September 4, 2014

My absolute favorite baked pasta



Every single person I have ever made this for, has loved it.
It's ridiculously easy, ridiculously versatile, and ridiculously good.
And truthfully, I'm a little shocked I'm actually sharing it!
It's my go-to dinner when we're having people over because it feeds a good amount and pairs really well with a Caesar salad and bread! Easy!
I came up with it one day my senior year in high school as I was playing around with what we had on hand. 
Still to this day, it is one of my favorite dinners.
(side note: When I make up recipes I am terrible about having actual measurements. This last time I made it I tried really hard to measure things, but I mostly just eyeball it. Therefore: I took step by step pictures)

Ingredients:


  • 2 cups your choice of chopped veggies (I switch up the veggies I use all the time. This time was mixed bell peppers, mushrooms and zucchini but I've also done broccoli, cauliflower, yellow squash, etc...)
  • 1 can of your favorite Alfredo sauce (or in my case the cheapest)
  • 1 can of your favorite marinara sauce
  • I use about 3/4 of a 1 pound bag of bow tie pasta (I've also tried penne and loved it)
  • 4-5 cooked and chopped chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350


2) Boil pasta to be as al dente as you like, on a skillet cook veggies with garlic salt and 1 tbsp olive oil, cook chicken with a dash of salt and pepper and cooking spray.


3) Place pasta, cooked veggies, and chicken in a large mixing bowl. Add both FULL cans of sauce and stir until mixed completely.


4) Grease 9x13 baking pan. (I just use nonstick spray) then spread pasta mixture in one even layer in pan. Evenly distribute a layer of bread crumbs next and add your cheese on top of that. 


5) Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until slightly bubbly. Then remove foil and turn your oven to broil for 3-5 minutes to completely melt the cheese on top. (make sure to be checking it though, all ovens are different. You don't want to burn the cheese and you don't want it to be underdone)


6) Let sit for a few minutes then serve and enjoy!


And there you have it!
I have another recipe I'll be posting shortly but hopefully you enjoy this one for now :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy







1 comment:

  1. And I'll be making this tomorrow night for dinner...

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