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Chicken and Pasta Casserole

Written by COA Nutrition Team On November 20, 2020

This chicken pasta bake is cheesy, creamy and comforting. The perfect dish for a family weekend dinner.

INGREDIENTS

  • 13oz pasta of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 14oz tomato sauce/chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano

Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups of milk, warm
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg

Topping

  • 3oz Mozzarella, grated
  • 3oz Cheddar cheese, grated

INGREDIENTS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Prepare a large and deep baking dish, set aside.
  2. To a large pot filled with water add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, add crushed garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes more. Add chicken cubes and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked, about 5-6 minutes. Then add diced bell peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, oregano and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes and turn the heat off.
  4. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook to al dente (1-2 minutes less than in the package instructions).
  5. Meanwhile, make the white sauce: In a large saucepan, melt the butter, add flour and whisk until smooth paste forms, then cook for 1 minute. Gradually add warm milk, while whisking constantly. Keep whisking over medium-high heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  6. Add the sauce to the pasta, add the chicken mixture. Stir until well combined.
  7. Transfer to the baking dish. Sprinkle on top grated mozzarella and grated cheddar.
  8. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Let it cool slightly before serving.

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Prepping Healthy Snacks to Have Ready for your Kids

Make ahead: Cube fruit and cheese and store in the fridge in zipper bags. Fruit and cheese go very well together, one source of protein and one of carbs make these perfect! Switch out the fruit you offer depending on which fruits are in season. This is a great after school snacks or even something to have ready on the fridge on the weekends for an in-between meals snack!

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