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Chicken-and-Pasta Bake with Basil Recipe

Chicken-and-Pasta Bake with Basil

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"This soul-satisfying casserole only needs a side salad or bread to make it a complete meal."

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a medium, heavy saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Place over medium heat; cook until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until melted.
  3. Steam the broccoli, covered, 4 minutes. Drain. Combine broccoli and next 7 ingredients (broccoli through garlic). Spoon into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
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  • Reprinted with permission of Cooking Light® magazine. All rights reserved.
  • CALORIES 332 (21% from fat); FAT 7.9g (sat 4.1g, mono 2.2g, poly 0.8g); PROTEIN 24.9g; CARB 39.5g; FIBER 2.5g; CHOL 40mg; IRON 2.6mg; SODIUM 478mg; CALC 36

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 29, 2005

Great! I couldn't find Asiago cheese, so I used Parmesan instead. I also used 1 tsp. dried basil instead of fresh, 1/2 tsp. salt instead of 1/4, and 1/8 tsp. pepper instead of 1/4. Using skim milk in the sauce is fine. I thought 2 cloves of garlic was a bit too much - try 1 clove instead. Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 15, 2003

Hmmm, I'm not quite sure what all the positive fuss is about because I was quite disappointed. Granted it's a lower fat recipe, but it suffers from the lack of an interesting fat substitute. I would possibly try again, but only with a bunch of changes. First, I too would double the amount of sauce (it's way too dry with only 2 cups). A quarter cup of flour? Paste city. Next time I'd try less flour coupled with an equal quantity of margarine to make the roux. Could also add some low fat chicken broth to increase moisture and flavor. Although asiago cheese is tasty, it's too mild for this dish. I would use parmesan or romano next time. One generous clove of garlic is plenty (two overwhelms). Top the finished casserole with a sprinkling of grated cheese, then COVER the dish and bake for 15 minutes (if you don't cover it, the moisture will evaporate). Uncover for the last 5 or so minutes to lightly brown the top. So, I'll see how it comes out next time.


82 Ratings

Oct 07, 2002

Once you have all the ingredients ready to go, this recipe is very easy and fast to make. However, it does take a few pots and about 30 minutes to get the ingredients ready. Very delicious once it is done.

Sep 24, 2003

Made a few changes; the 6 year old asked if we could have it again tonight and the 10 year old, who has nothing good to say about ANYTHING these days, said "this is pretty good." Used frozen chicken tenderloins(and yes they were frozen), enough for 6, cut them into chunks, and sauted in little olive oil with 2 cloves chopped garlic. Added a fair amount of Italian Seasoning herb mix while sauteing. Covered and let cook through. Cooked pasta while sauting chicken and threw 2 heads of cut up fresh broccoli into same water as pasta for last 3-4 minutes. Drained pasta and broccoli. Put pasta and broccoli in 11x13 oval white corningware type dish. Added cooked chicken plus all juices/garlic. Made cheese sauce; used 1 1/2 times the actual recipe amount; used a container of mixed Italian Grated Cheese which contained parmesan, romano and asiago; plus I added a fair amount of freshly ground pepper to the cheese sauce. Poured cheese sauce over pasta/chicken/broccoli mix. Added addtl Italian seasoning herb mix. Combined all well. Then sprinkled a mix of breadcrumbs, garlic powder and grated cheese(Locatelli romano) over top. Covered and cooked for 10 minutes. Took cover off and cooked addtl 5 minutes or until top was a little colored. If you like ALOT of sauce on your plate then make 2x the amount called for; otherwise 1 1/2 times seemed fine.

Dec 09, 2004

I thought this was pretty good. I too altered the recipe. I used parmesan instead of asiago and also added some mozarella to the sauce. I added nutmeg to the sauce too but I still think it needed more spice. I added more basil and garlic because I like it alot and still could have added more. I boiled whole chicken breasts to keep them really tender and then just sliced them and layered the dish. I covered it with mozarella too. It might also taste good with mushrooms (though I personally am not a mushroom person) and/or sun-dried tomatoes....great Christmasy colored dish! Overall it's a good base for a dish but a little bland. I gave it 4 stars because it was good and with more additions could be great.

Jan 29, 2003

i was a little disappointed. i thought it tasted a little bland.

Feb 26, 2006

Delicious! Great subtle flavor, and the cheese sauce is rich without being too heavy. Another reviewer said they did not like the broccoli/basil combination, but I thought theh flavors mixed well! I'll definitely make this again.

Sep 19, 2004

I used the Ragu parmesan and mozzarella cheese sauce instead of the one in the recipe. It was very easy to make and everyone liked it. I would make this again!


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