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Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells Recipe

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells Recipe

These pasta shells, filled with warm, gooey cheese, are always popular. The tender chicken and rich sauce make the dish so satisfying, I simply serve salad on the side.—Michele Sheppard, Masontown, PA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 3-1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown chicken in 1 tablespoon oil. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute mushrooms in remaining oil until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the egg, ricotta, 1-1/2 cups Parmesan, mozzarella and seasonings.
  • 3. Drain and rinse pasta with cold water; stuff each shell with about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with chicken and mushrooms.
  • 4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add cream; cook 5 minutes longer. Add 1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until thickened.
  • 5. Pour sauce over the casserole. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly.
  • 6. If desired, cover and freeze unbaked shells for up to 1 month.
  • 7. To use frozen shells: Thaw in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Bake as directed. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 684 calories, 45 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 195 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 38 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.