Quick meals are wonderful in these last weeks of working full time. This one is one of my favorites because you don’t have to prep anything except the pasta. Just dump and bake! That’s why it’s called Chicken Pasta Bake!
In addition, this meal has some memories for Abe and I. This was the first main dish I made for him while we were dating. Thankfully he was impressed! We shared that meal with my two roommates at the time and another friend.
And I’ll begin…
I don’t like having to go through pictures before getting to the recipe so here is the recipe first and pictures are below!
- 2 cans of white chicken in water OR 2 cups of shredded chicken (rotisserie or chicken breasts)
- 1 jar of red pasta sauce (your favorite kind!)
- 1 16 oz package of pasta (penne, bowtie, or rotini - or a mixture of pastas like I did!)
- Some basil
- Some oregano
- Some garlic powder
- Some salt
- Some pepper
- Two cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- Some Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook pasta like normal by boiling water and pouring pasta in. Cook until soft. Drain.
- Open cans of chicken/get out shredded chicken/shred chicken if you haven't yet.
- In a 9x13 inch or similar sized baking dish, dump the pasta.
- Add the whole jar of pasta sauce.
- Add shredded chicken.
- Add basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. (I usually add quite a bit of basil and oregano, a little bit of garlic powder because it is strong, a generous amount of pepper, and a little salt.)
- Mix/Stir together until even.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top, covering all pasta.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until the cheese begins to brown.
- Serve hot or warm.
- Let family members and guests sprinkle Parmesan cheese on serving.
- Keeps great for leftovers for lunch the next day or dinner again.
- Serve with a green veggie and some sort of bread!
Here is the pasta boiling – make sure it is soft enough to eat.
Be creative with adding spices – that makes it even more fun!
Being creative in cooking makes the process more fun for me, and may for you too! Oh I love following a good recipe, but being able to just throw something together with no recipe is satisfying in a way.
See what you can come up with and make recipes your own. No one ever said you have to follow recipes to a T. Experiment with cooking!
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How did yours turn out? Follow me on Instagram, post a picture of your Chicken Pasta Bake, tell how you liked it and how (if) you modified it to your liking, and tag me in the comments! @kait.anchoredathome