This Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is a perfect weeknight meal. It is easy to prepare while keeping all the traditional flavors from classic Chicken Parmesan.
Course: Main Course
1poundlarge Rigatoni pastaboiled to al dente and drained
3/4cupItalian seasoned bread crumbs
granulated garlicto taste
salt & pepperto taste
Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (or use 4 cups canned)
1/4cup Italian seasoningadd additional seasoning to taste
Prepare sauce, this recipe takes about an hour to make. Directions here: Spaghetti Sauce. Once you have made the sauce and it is simmering, or if you are using canned sauce, prepare the chicken and noodles.
Heat olive oil in a medium sized pan over medium heat.
Season chicken breast with granulated garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for 6-7 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked all the way through and juices run clear. Remove from pan and cool. Once cooled, cut into 1 inch cubes.
Cook pasta as directed and drain, return to pot, add 2 cups of sauce, noodles, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and chicken cubes. Toss to combine.
Heat oven to 350. Pour 3/4 cup of sauce on the bottom of a 4 inch deep baking dish. Then add the chicken & noodle mixture, top with the rest of the mozzarella cheese and parmesan, and then top with bread crumbs. Place in oven and bake 20-25 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
Before you serve, using the leftover sauce, add about 1/4 cup to the bottom of each bowl, then put the pasta on top. One of my children, Cannon, likes the sauce on top, so you could do that too. I think that this adds to the presentation and it allows for some additional sauce.
Serve immediately, devour, and enjoy!
Total time, includes the time to let the sauce simmer