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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake - A delicious casserole recipe the whole family will love. Made with a lighter homemade Alfredo Sauce. | The Love Nerds

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Maggie @ The Love Nerds

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. penne pasta dry
  • 3 c. shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley could use more or less depending on preference

  • HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. skim milk
  • 1 c. freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Instructions


  1. TO MAKE THE CHICKEN BAKED ZITI
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Cook the pasta to just before al dente in a large stockpot with salt and olive oil added to the water. Do not overcook because it will cook more in the oven. Drain. Rinse cool water over pasta and let it sit till ready for next step.
  4. When sauce is ready, toss pasta with the chicken and sauce. Toss until the pasta is evenly coated.
  5. Add half of the pasta into a lightly greased casserole dish then add 1 cup of cheese. Then, add the remaining half of the pasta and the remaining half of the cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and begins to turn golden brown. Remove and top with parsley.

  7. TO MAKE THE ALFREDO SAUCE:
  8. Heat butter in a sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for one minute, whisking occasionally.
  9. Add the flour and whisk. Saute for another minute to cook the flour.
  10. Slowly add the chicken broth, whisking until combined. Cook for a few minutes.
  11. Slowly add in the milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for a couple minutes until thickened.
  12. Whisk in the parmesan, salt and pepper until smooth. Remove from heat and toss with pasta and chicken when ready.