Pasta with Chicken and White Sauce Casserole
Pasta with chicken and white sauce is very easy to prepare. All you have to do is cook the pasta, chicken and white sauce separately, add a layer of each in a casserole dish, top it with cheese and bake it to perfection.
- Penne pasta 8 oz
- 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips (about 1 lb)
- 1/2 tbs ground nut meg
- 1 tbs ground ginger
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tbs ground white pepper
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1/2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1//2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cup fresh spinach- cut into small pieces.
- Cook and drain the Penne pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet on medium heat, add olive oil, chicken, salt and the spices, stirring occasionally until fully cooked, this will take about 12 mins.
- Add mushrooms and spinach to the cooked chicken, stir well and cook for another 5 mins then set aside.
- In sauce pan over medium high heat, add milk, flour and a pinch of salt. whisking constantly to work out any lumps.
- Cook for about 7 minutes, whisking frequently until you bring the mixture to a boil and until mixtures thickens- The stirring process will avoid the mixture from sticking to the bottom of pot.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Stir in mozzarella cheese and butter, Stir until cheese has melted.
- Remove sauce pan from heat.
- Taste the sauce and add salt as necessary
- Prepare for baking, in a large bowl mix the pasta with white sauce and split into two halves.
- In a baking tray 9" x 13", spread the first half of pasta and white sauce evenly in the bottom of the tray.
- Add a layer of the cooked chicken mixture.
- Add another layer of the pasta and white sauce mixture.
- Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, to completely cover the top layer of pasta and white sauce mixture.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and begins to brown around the edges.
- Allow to cool, cut into pieces, serve and enjoy!
Fattoush Salad is a great side dish with Pasta with Chicken and White Sauce Casserole.