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Almond Chicken Pasta Bake

 Almond Chicken Pasta Bake
This is a full-flavored, all-in-one chicken casserole. It is one of my go-to recipes when serving a large group, since I know how much my friends and family enjoy it. This can be made up hours before it cooks. Just refrigerate and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.—Louise Warren Blades, Eizabeth City, North Carolina
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 8 cooked bacon strips, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sherry or additional chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute mushrooms and onion in butter for
  • 3-5 minutes or until onion is tender. Whisk in flour and nutmeg
  • until blended. Add cream and broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir
  • for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  • Drain pasta; stir into cream sauce. Add the broccoli, chicken,

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Almond Chicken Pasta Bake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • tomatoes, bacon, 1/4 cup cheese and sherry. Transfer to a greased
  • 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds and remaining
  • cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated
  • through.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 409 calories, 26 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 445 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.