Chicken Rotini Bake with Broccoli and Sundried Tomatoes
This quick recipe combines rotini pasta, cheese, and broccoli and sundried tomatoes. Really any veggie of your choice could be used. This super-easy recipe will feed a family or can provide left-overs.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chicken rotini, one-dish pasta dinner, pasta bake
Author: Whitney Reist | Sweet Cayenne
1(8.8 ounce)box of chickpea rotini
4cupscooked chicken breast, diced
4cupsbroccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
¾cupsundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
1jar(14-16 ounces) basil pesto alfredo sauce (I used Private Selection; or use a jar of your favorite alfredo sauce and add ¼ cup jarred basil pesto)
1 ½cupspart-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
½cupmilk or dairy-free milk (I used 1%)
½cupshaved Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray one 9 x 13 inch baking dish or two 8 x 8 inch ones with cooking spray and set aside.
Cook the pasta for 5 minutes in 6-8 quarts of salted boiling water. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Transfer to a large bowl.
To the bowl of pasta, add chicken, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, pesto alfredo sauce, pepper, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Pour the milk into the jar of alfredo sauce, place the lid on top, and shake to remove any sauce in the jar. Pour the contents into the bowl with the other ingredients. Toss gently with a rubber spatula until everything is combined.
Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish(es). Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly on top and serve alongside a simple green salad.
To freeze: cover with a freezer-safe airtight lid or with a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator the night before you plan to eat it and bake the next day according to the directions above (remove the plastic first, then bake for the first 20 minutes with foil on top before uncovering and resuming baking), adding an extra 10-15 minutes to the bake time as needed.