There’s not a dish that’s much more comforting than a casserole bake. Chicken Alfredo is our top choice- full of delicious, protein-filled chicken combined with that cheesy alfredo sauce, all on top of a bed of pasta. This is a wonderful make-ahead meal that will last you a few nights, or feed one large family! With a minimal list of ingredients, this may become one of your go-to dinner options! 

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces of penne rigate pasta
  • 6 tablespoons 0f butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 fahrenheit 
  2. Cook the pasta per package directions, until they noodles are al dente. The pasta will continue to cook in the oven, so don’t overcook it in the pot. 
  3. While the pasta is cooking, begin melting the butter in a large saucepan, or dutch oven on the stove over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Next, add in the garlic, cream, garlic salt, salt, pepper and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and melt cheese.
  5. Allow the sauce to simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened, stirring frequently to avoid burning or sticking. Once thickened, remove from heat.
  6. Now, add in mozzarella and cream cheese and stir to combine and allow cheese to melt. Add more salt to taste.
  7. Drain pasta then place it back in the pot. Pour in the sauce, along with the diced chicken and mix together.
  8. Pour pasta and sauce mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese to top! Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top begins to brown slightly and sauce is bubbly. Remove from the oven, garnish with parsley (if desired) and serve.

To freeze for your dish, simply cover in the container and stick in the freezer for quick dinners! You could also freeze smaller individual portions. When you’re ready to heat it, simply be sure to let it thaw out the night before and pop it in the oven for the best results!