Chicken and Penne Bake

Chicken and Penne Bake
Chicken and Penne Bake

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • Yields 4 servings

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 1

    tablespoon butter

  • 1

    cup diced onion

  • 1/2

    cup diced red bell pepper

  • 12

    ounces sausage ( andouille, or other smoked sausage diced.

  • 2

    cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1

    cup diced cooked chicken

  • 4

    tablespoons flour

  • 1 2/3

    cups chicken broth

  • 1

    cup heavy cream

  • 1-2

    cups chopped fresh spinach

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil

  • 3

    teaspoons Cajun seasoning blend (4-5 if you like real spicy)

  • Salt, to taste

  • Dash ground black peppe

  • r

  • 1/2

    cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese (can use grated)

  • 1/4

    cup fresh parmesan cheese (shredded or grated)

  • 1/2

    cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 8

    ounces cooked penne pasta, drained

Directions

Preaheat oven to 350F and grease a 2.5 qtr baking dish In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter; add onion, red bell pepper, and sausage; sauté, stirring, until tender. Stir in the garlic and chicken; cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in the flour until blended. Add chicken broth and stir, cooking, until thickened. Add the cream, spinach, basil, Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and the mozzarella cheese and heat through. Combine the sauce mixture with the pasta; spoon into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan and bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

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