Broccoli Chicken Pasta Casserole - FineCooking.com

My Recipe Box

Broccoli Chicken Pasta Casserole

By SahrThundermane, member

Posted: January 12th, 2011

A hearty baked pasta casserole can be customized with your choice of meats, cheeses, sauces, and vegetables. Created Using: Baked Pasta
more about:

Kosher salt
3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, more as needed
16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. dried red chile flakes, more to taste
1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 lb. dried penne rigate pasta
8 oz. broccoli florets, steamed or boiled until barely tender
8 oz. baby spinach
6 oz. freshly grated Pamigiano-Reggiano
6 oz. shredded Mozzarella

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put a large pot with 6 quarts water and 2 Tbs. kosher salt on to boil. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil.

Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil in a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven or heavy-based pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, about 1 minute, add the chicken and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until almost cooked through and nicely browned, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Using a spatula or wooden spoon, push the contents of the Dutch oven to the side. If the pan is dry, add 1 Tbs. olive oil, and then the garlic, and cook until it just starts to sizzle and becomes fragrant, about 10 seconds.

Add the chicken broth and heavy cream plus 1 tsp. kosher salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a gentle simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, so that the sauce thickens slightly.

Add the chile flakes and thyme and cook until they're heated through and their flavors have melded, about 5 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta in the boiling salted water until it's just tender to the tooth, about 10 minutes. (Cook the pasta a little less than you normally might, because it will cook more in the oven later.)

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce, along with the broccoli and baby spinach.

Add half each of the Pamigiano-Reggiano and Mozzarella to the pasta mixture and toss well. Transfer to the baking dish and spread evenly.

Top the pasta with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

5551,5177,5348,5171,5417,5279,5811,5590,5113,5771,5573,5332,5557

Comments (0)
You must be logged in to post comments. Log in.

Cookbooks, DVDs & More