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Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake with Broccoli

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Alright. Let me tell you about this fail-proof, creamy, cheesy, dreamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake.

The base of this pasta dish is a homemade white cream sauce also known as Alfredo sauce. The sauce becomes creamy and clings to the noodles as it bakes and the mozzarella cheese melts right on top of the entire dish and it’s just pure awesome-ness. Mmm.

Making the sauce from scratch is just so much better than the jarred stuff. And pro tip: using freshly grated Parmesan cheese right from the block is essential to a smooth, rich, creamy sauce!

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This meal can really be thrown together in a breeze especially with some minimal prepping.

Take any leftover cooked chicken and dice it up. Pre cook the pasta and broccoli and then all you have to do when you’re ready to make dinner is whip up the Alfredo sauce, toss it all together and bake. Easy weeknight dinner problems solved!

I’m pretty much always in the mood for a pasta casserole dish like this one. I’m also obsessed with this Back Pocket Baked Meatballs & Pasta, my Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells, and Cream Cheese Pasta Bake. YUM!!

Ingredients you will need

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  • Pasta: We love this chicken Alfredo pasta bake with Mezzi Rigatoni, but you can use 1lb. of your favorite pasta. (Penne, Ziti, Shells, Farfalle, Fussili etc.)
  • Broccoli: To streamline the process, the broccoli gets boiled with the pasta in the same pot during the last 3 minutes of the pastas cook time. The broccoli becomes perfectly tender and then you simply drain the noodles and broccoli at the same time.
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  • Chicken: 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and diced into small bite sized pieces. This chicken Alfredo pasta is great if you have leftover chicken since you can just toss it right into the pasta casserole!
  • Flour & Butter: needed for making the béchamel Sauce (white sauce/Alfredo sauce). You will cook the flour and butter to make a roux.
  • Milk: I use whole milk. This is needed for the sauce.
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  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic
  • Parmesan cheese: Using freshly grated Parmesan from the block is best. Using the powdered cheese will leave a grainy texture in the sauce and doesn’t melt nicely.
  • Mozzarella cheese: this is the finishing touch before it gets baked! Freshly shredded mozzarella is best (not the pre-shredded stuff).

Step By Step Directions

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  1. If your chicken isn’t already cooked, go ahead and cook the chicken. Dice into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. While the chicken cooks, boil water for pasta and cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of the pastas cook time, toss in the chopped broccoli pieces. Drain and place in the bowl with the chicken.
  3. Make the Alfredo sauce. Pour the sauce over the pasta, broccoli and chicken and pour into your casserole dish/baking dish.
  4. Top the pasta with mozzarella cheese and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and barely starts to turn brown.
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Tips and Variations

  • Use any kind of cooked chicken: leftover rotisserie chicken, roasted chicken, etc.
  • Not into chicken at all? Nix it! Make as is without the chicken, or add in additional veggies such as mushrooms or cauliflower.
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  • Use your favorite short pasta: Penne, Ziti, Shells, Rotini, Farfalle, Fussili etc.
  • Purchase a block of fresh Parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella cheese: the fresh cheeses both melt much better than the pre-grated or shredded cheeses.
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Which cheesy dinner dish do you like more?

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4.76 from 29 reviews

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
This Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake is made with an easy homemade Alfredo sauce, lots of broccoli goodness and chicken. It's always so comforting and simple to throw together for a fast weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta (Mezzi Rigatoni, penne, rotini, etc.)
  • 3 cups broccoli, chopped into small pieces (about 2 small heads of broccoli)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded

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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook the chicken if not already cooked and dice into bite sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced into small pieces
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes, add the broccoli in with the pasta. Drain and rinse the pasta and broccoli with cold water to stop the cooking process. Pour into large bowl with the chicken.
    1 lb. pasta (Mezzi Rigatoni, penne, rotini, etc.), 3 cups broccoli, chopped into small pieces (about 2 small heads of broccoli)
  • Make the Alfredo sauce: Place a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat and melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and continue to whisk the roux for 1-2 minutes
    1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup flour
  • Slowly whisk the milk in increments. Repeat until all milk has been added. Add in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce will appear thin, but will thicken as it bakes.
    4 cups whole milk, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. garlic, minced, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta, broccoli and chicken and pour into your casserole dish/baking dish. Mix until combined and pasta is coated evenly.
  • Top the pasta with mozzarella cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and barely begins to brown.
    1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
  • Remove from oven and serve warm. Garnish with parsley or red pepper chili flakes, if desired!

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Notes

Recipe can be made with any leftover chicken (rotisserie, roasted chicken) or you can even make without the chicken for a meatless version! 
When reheating, you may need to add a touch more milk or chicken broth to loosen it up. Best reheated on the stove. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 483kcal (24%), Carbohydrates: 55g (18%), Protein: 33g (66%), Fat: 14g (22%), Saturated Fat: 7g (44%), Cholesterol: 72mg (24%), Sodium: 781mg (34%), Potassium: 647mg (18%), Fiber: 3g (13%), Sugar: 9g (10%), Vitamin A: 665IU (13%), Vitamin C: 31mg (38%), Calcium: 406mg (41%), Iron: 2mg (11%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Shelby

Great flavor! I did read that the alfredo sauce turned out runny and thin, so I improvised and added a bit more flour, parmesan, and some heavy cream. I didn’t use all of the whole milk, and it’s still pretty thin! But wow! It does taste amazing. I may use a different measurement for the sauce next time, and there definitely WILL BE a next time. ? thanks for the quick and easy meal recipe!

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Demi

This was very good! I used whole grain noodles and added Cajun seasoning and a little sazon. Thank you 🙂 . Sorry I do not have a picture I am currently eating it haha

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Rosa Weith

This was so easy! I was worried that 4 cups of milk was too much but it worked out just fine. Added mushrooms. Taste delicious! Thank you!

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Roselie

I have *no* idea what went wrong (I have made rouxs before!!), but 4 CUPS of milk seemed like a lot, especially with 1/4 cup of flour…and it was–it never set up! I made a double batch, thinking it would be so popular. I can’t figure out what went wrong ?

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Roselie

No, it was SO runny. I drained it and used a thickener to “fix” the leftovers. Have you made this recently with your listed measurements? Like I mentioned before, I doubled everything as I was sure this would be very popular and 8 cups of milk to a half-cup of flour seems “off” (that’s a LOT of milk, eh?)…I didn’t think twice about the runniness initially and you mentioned that it wouldn’t thicken until it was in the oven. I haven’t had such an epic fail on a recipe and looked over all the measurements and steps. It’s a mystery to me!

Madi

Cooking for 2. Can I cut the recipe in half?

Shelby

I made this for dinner tonight and it was great! I made as the recipe says all besides adding more parm to the sauce and a little more cheese on top! We all liked it !! Will make again for sure

Lori

Totally awesome !!!

Coriann

The sauce did not thicken after baking. It was soupy on the bottom. What went wrong?

Amanda Wren-Grimwood

I love a good pasta bake and it’s a great idea to save time and pots by cooking the broccoli with the pasta too.

Dannii

Oh wow. This looks so creamy and indulgent. I can’t wait to try it.