Pesto-Chicken Penne Casseroles
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
Makes2 casseroles (6 servings each)
Delicious! My family loved this. Great with homemade alfredo sauce!
This was tasty and kid friendly. I chose to put my extra in gallon bags for my husband to make when I don't feel like cooking or I'm away.
This was delicious!! Brought it to my daughter's house for dinner and everyone LOVED it!! My daughter requested this recipe to serve to some friends that she was having over - she liked it that much!!
Like other's said, this is delicious. After reading the reviews and then first trying it, I was a little disappointed. But after several more bites, I realized this is definitely a keeper. I cut this recipe in half, cooked the chicken beforehand, and as another reviewer suggested, used (undrained) petite diced tomatoes instead of crushed. I actually measured out the ounces instead of estimating "oh, this looks like about half a jar of pesto". I was able to get half of this recipe into a 9.5x9.5 dish, but it was near the top. Not sure how anyone could fit half of this in an 8x8. Secondly, a couple minutes before it was to be "done", I turned on the broiler, waited a few minutes, and stuck the dish back in, uncovered. That gave the bread crumb topping a little bit more crunch (not much, but some). For me and my husband, half of this recipe was WAYYYY more than enough. There are a lot of leftovers, but I'm not really upset about that :)Update: I cut the recipe into 1/4 and that was a good amount for my husband and I, with leftovers for each of us.
This was very good and really easy to make. I made the recipe exactly per the instructions... used rotisserie chicken from Costco already deboned.
This was awesome! Made it for company, and the guys went back for seconds! I baked boneless, skinless chicken thighs (2 lb) plus 2 chicken breast cutlets, and this was just under the 6 cups, and was plenty. After reading other posts, I made minor tweaks. I used Hunts fire roasted tomatoes, undrained, and used crushed Ritz crackers in place of the seasoned bread crumbs. I found that Classico has an 8.1 oz size of Pesto. Made a very full 9X9 plus a very full 8X8 for the freezer.
Very nice change from the usual chicken and pasta casserole. Very flavorful, didn't have pesto so used some finely shredded basil, worked great!
Very good. Made several times for potlucks and always asked for recipe and to bring next time.
Good casserole to feed a family! Once you've cooked the penne, everything else is just mixed together, so it's a very easy dish to make. Would have liked it to be a bit more saucy, so next time will increase the Alfredo and tomatoes. Since I'm not a huge fan of seasoned bread crumbs as a topping, next time I'll try panko bread crumbs tossed with a little parmesan and fresh parsley. The spinach is a nice addition. I like the fact that you can make one and freeze one!
My family enjoyed this . I've also used the mexican mix of cheeses they sell at Sams Club and that worked well, too. It was what I had on hand one time.