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Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

April 14, 2012

Lately I have tried several recipes that include chicken, some sort of pasta and a sauce and none of them were great.  So I decided to create my own and this is what I came up with last night.

Here’s what you need:
2 chicken breasts, pre-cooked and cubed
4 Tbs. flour, unbleached
4 Tbs. butter, room temperature
3 cups whole milk, room temperature
8 oz. jar pesto sauce
8 oz. Italian cheese mix, I used pre-shredded
1 pound pasta, any kind of tube pasta, cooked only to al dente 
In a sauce pan heat the butter and flour over medium high until they are incorporated and start to bubble.  Cook for about 2  minutes more.
 

 Pour in the room temperature milk and stir to incorporate.

Bring to a low boil and simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
 
You can tell when it is the right consistency when you coat the spoon and then drag your finger through the sauce and it leaves the line in place.
 
Add one whole jar of Basil Pesto to the cream sauce and stir to incorporate.  Set aside.
While making the sauce, put on a large stock pot of water and bring to a boil.  Boil the pasta just until al dente.  I used rigatoni.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To assemble:
As soon as the pasta comes to al dente drain and pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Add the sauce and the precooked chicken and stir until well coated.  Sprinkle with the cheese and bake for 25 minutes.
 
 
The finished casserole was super yummy and just what I’ve been looking for. 
Serves 6 
Enjoy!
~Hugs~
Michelle
Here’s the handy printable – Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake
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From → Casseroles, Chicken, Pasta

6 Comments
  1. Alright- this is going on my menu plan this week! Looks super good! Thank you!!

  2. Michelle, this looks great! I love pesto!Thanks for stopping by today!Aimee @ ShugarySweets

  3. Found you through Four Marrs & One Venus. 🙂 This recipe sounds awesome. I love pesto! Thanks for sharing.

  4. This sounds really tasty and a good way to use up the pesto in my freezer. Any idea on how it freezes? Also, I would love it if you would link up to my party at http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/04/tout-it-tuesday-2.html

  5. Thanks for linking up to Tout It Tuesday. I am going to try this next week. Will let you know how it turns out.

  6. I love pesto and I have to try this recipe!!

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