A Small Casserole Dish of Italian Chicken Pasta Bake

ITALIAN CHICKEN PASTA BAKE

Cost-Effective Comfort Food

This easy chicken pasta bake recipe is a calming cooking meditation for a relaxing evening.

Gathering the fresh ingredients, the kitchen is filled with a symphony of aromas waiting to be harmonized. Boiling the pasta to al dente perfection, each piece is carefully coated in a creamy sauce infused with savory herbs and spices.

As the chicken sizzles in the pan, its golden exterior promises a burst of flavor with every bite. Layering the pasta and chicken in a baking dish, the final touch of melted cheese creates a blanket of gooey goodness.

Into the oven it goes, transforming into a bubbling masterpiece that will soon grace your family dinner table or your favourite spot in front of the TV.

With each forkful, a sense of tranquility washes over, making this simple chicken pasta bake a cherished recipe for peaceful nights.

A SIMPLE AND ECONOMICAL RECIPE

The simplicity of this recipe comes from ingredients that are usually waiting their turn in most home pantries. No extra trips to the grocery store!

With just a few simple steps, you can transform those basic pantry staples into a delicious and satisfying meal. There’s something comforting about creating a dish from ingredients that are familiar and readily available.

It’s a wonderful feeling to turn everyday items into something extraordinary without having to venture out for additional supplies. Embrace the simplicity and convenience of cooking with what you already have on hand—it’s a sure way to create something truly special in the comfort of your own kitchen.

A HEALTHY SURPRISE WITH LEFTOVERS

Another plus to this and other pasta dishes is that the carbs in leftovers affect those with sugar sensitivities far less, the next day.

The gradual breakdown of the starches in pasta as it sits in the fridge causes the dish to have a lower glycemic index when reheated, making it a better option for those looking to manage their blood sugar levels.

This means that individuals with sugar sensitivities can enjoy their pasta leftovers without experiencing the same spike in blood sugar levels compared to when it was freshly cooked. So, feel free to savor your pasta dishes knowing that they could be a more blood sugar-friendly option the next day.

I often make dishes like this and save them in the fridge for the next day’s supper (or freeze them for later) for just this reason.

QUINTESSENTIAL COMFORT FOOD

This hearty and delicious dish is perfect for those busy days when you want a home-cooked meal without the hassle. By preparing it in advance and freezing it, you can have a warm and comforting dinner ready in no time.

The anticipation of the savory aromas filling your kitchen as it bakes in the oven will only add to the pleasure of savoring each bite. So, go ahead, and savour the convenience and deliciousness of this make-ahead and freezer-friendly meal.

CHICKEN PASTA BAKE CONVENIENCE

This meal prep hack is a game-changer for busy days! You can make a full casserole dish of this, cut it into twelve individual pieces, and wrap each one in parchment paper. Put them all in a large freezer bag and you’ve got 12 single-servings of homemade protein and pasta whenever you want. Just bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes.

Not only does it save you time during the week, but it also ensures you have a delicious and nutritious meal ready to go whenever hunger strikes.

With individually wrapped portions of protein and pasta, you can easily heat them up for a quick and satisfying meal.

Just a few minutes in the oven and voilà – dinner is served! Enjoy the convenience and flavours of homemade goodness with this simple and efficient trick.

DINNER PARTY OPTIONS

Another variation is to bake these in small crocks, as individual servings, or for dinner parties.

This method adds an elegant touch to the dish, making it perfect for entertaining guests or treating yourself to a special meal.

The individual crocks not only create a beautiful presentation but also allow each serving to be customized according to personal preferences.

Whether you choose to enjoy this dish with friends or savor it on your own, baking it in small crocks is sure to elevate the dining experience to a whole new level.

Total Prep Time:
45 min

Servings in Recipe:
8

Serving Size:
1.5 cups

Calories Per Serving:
696

Total Prep Time: 45 min


Servings in Recipe: 8


Serving Size: 1.5 cups


Calories Per Serving: 696

A Small Casserole Dish of Italian Chicken Pasta Bake

ITALIAN CHICKEN PASTA BAKE

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 1/2 cups water (A bit more can be added, if needed)
  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 3 tbsp dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
A Grouping of Italian Chicken Pasta Bake Ingredients. Penne, Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese.
A Grouping of Italian Chicken Pasta Bake Ingredients. Penne, Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese.

Directions

  • Start by preheating your oven to 375°F.
  • Season your chicken with Italian herbs, salt, and pepper for a flavorful base.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and brown the seasoned chicken.
  • Add in chopped onion, bell pepper, and garlic, cooking until they soften and release their aromas.
  • Next, stir in tomato soup, water, uncooked pasta and that splash of lemon juice, allowing the mixture to come to a simmer.
  • Transfer everything to a baking dish, cover it with foil, and bake for about 35 minutes.
  • Once done, uncover the dish, sprinkle a blend of cheeses and breadcrumbs on top, and continue baking until the cheese is melted and bubbly, giving the dish a golden finish.
  • Allow your chicken pasta bake to cool slightly before serving to let the flavors meld together.

ITALIAN CHICKEN PASTA BAKE FAQ

Why are reheated carbs better for diabetics?

Cooking starchy foods like potatoes, rice, and pasta can alter their structure, making them easier to digest. However, when these cooked foods are cooled, they undergo a process called retrogradation, where the starches reorganize themselves into a form that is more resistant to digestion.

This type of starch is known as resistant starch and behaves more like fiber in the body. Resistant starch can have benefits for gut health by serving as food for beneficial gut bacteria and promoting overall digestive health.

Including foods rich in resistant starch, like r eheated chicken pasta, in your diet can have various health benefits, such as improved blood sugar control and increased feelings of fullness. Some sources of resistant starch include cooked and cooled potatoes, legumes, green bananas, and whole grains.

By incorporating these foods into your meals, you can support your gut health and overall well-being. It’s important to note that while resistant starch is beneficial, it should be part of a balanced diet that includes a variety of other nutrients for optimal health.

How do you reheat chicken pasta?

Refrigerated baked pasta is a convenient and delicious meal option that can be prepared in advance and then baked when ready to serve. To make this dish, start by preheating your oven to 350°F.

Drizzle the top of the casserole with 2 tablespoons of water before covering the dish with foil. This step helps to create steam that will keep the pasta moist while it bakes.

Bake the pasta in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then uncover the dish and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until the top is golden brown and the pasta is heated through. It’s important to check the internal temperature of the casserole with a food thermometer to ensure it reaches 165°F for food safety reasons.

Once your chicken pasta bake reaches the correct temperature, allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. Enjoy your delicious homemade baked pasta straight from the oven!


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