I found this recipe on Pinterest. It sounded yummy. It is a recipe from All Recipes. Click to see original recipe. After I started to make it, I ended up changing it up a bunch. I decided to make my own alfredo sauce since I had everything in frig to make it.
Baked Pesto -Tomato -Spinach Chicken Penne
- 16 oz penne
- 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
- 1 (15oz) jar Alfredo sauce or make your own (recipe to follow)
- 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup pesto
- 1/2 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed) (optional, but makes it really yummy)
- handful or more of fresh baby spinach
- pinch of pepper
- 2 cups Italian 5 cheese Blend
- Italian Seasoned PANKO breadcrumbs
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Do not rinse.
Heat the jar of alfredo (or make your own) add crushed tomatoes, pesto and pinch of pepper.
Combine chicken, penne, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes. Add sauce. Stir to combine. Top with shredded cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for 35 minutes or until bubbly and lightly brown on top.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cup heavy cream
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 8 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese (if desire, you could add a bit more)
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add garlic. Saute one minute. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, add cheese and whisk quickly, heating through.
I do not have an ingredient line up photo…since I decided to change it all after I started making it.
I cooked my chicken in the microwave in a covered dish. I seasoned the chicken with Italian seasonings.
You could take out the spinach and the sun dried tomatoes and it would still be good. The crunchy topping is really good. I was happy that I made my own Alfredo sauce. Alfredo in a jar is ok, but fresh is really good.
It is a cold winter day here in the midwest. We had our first snowfall….now I am ready for spring 🙂