What’s more comforting than coming home to a bowl of cheesy, chicken pasta? How about a bowl of cheesy, chicken, (wait for it) pesto pasta? You heard right. Pesto takes this average mac ‘n cheese dish and gives it a whole new dimension. Don’t have time to make this during the day? No worries: make it in advance, stick it in the freezer, and let it thaw the morning of before baking it that night for dinner. A week night meal that tastes like you took all day to make it? It’s enough to make other tastebuds green with envy.

Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:50 minutes
  • Servings:6
  • Medium


  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 4 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1 lb of pennoni pasta
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Olive oil
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. While the oven preheats, cook the chicken in a large skillet with olive oil over medium heat until brown and fully cooked.

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  • Step 2

    Reserve chicken and add the onion, garlic and mushrooms to the pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until brown.

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  • Step 3

    Throw the chicken back into the pan, along with the spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted, about 1 minute.

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  • Step 4

    Boil your pasta until al dente, about 6 minutes. While the pasta cooks, combine butter and flour in a large skillet over medium heat, whisking constantly. Gradually add the whole milk, until the mixture is smooth. Finally, add pesto and cheese to the sauce mixture.

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  • Step 5

    Stir the cream sauce over the reserved chicken, spinach, mushrooms and onions. Bake in a deep 13×9 inch casserole dish for 25 minutes.

    #SpoonTip: Sprinkle bread crumbs on top and set the oven to broil for 2 minutes.

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  • Step 6


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