Flavorful Italian Chicken Bake Casserole Recipe
There’s something truly magical about the way Italian cuisine manages to capture hearts and appetites around the world. The rich flavors, the comforting aromas, and the simple yet exquisite ingredients come together to create a symphony for the senses. If you’re in search of a delightful Italian-inspired dish that’s easy to prepare and bound to impress your family and friends, look no further than our Italian Chicken Bake Casserole.
This hearty and wholesome casserole combines tender chicken, al dente pasta, and a medley of vibrant vegetables, all enveloped in a luscious, cheesy tomato sauce infused with Italian herbs. Whether you’re planning a cozy family dinner or hosting a gathering, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to become a favorite in your repertoire.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of creating this mouthwatering Italian Chicken Bake Casserole. From selecting the finest ingredients to achieving the perfect blend of flavors, you’ll soon discover how easy it is to bring a taste of Italy to your dining table. So, preheat your oven, gather your utensils, and let’s embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the very essence of Italian cooking.
1 cup cooked diced chicken
6 cooked Italian sausage links cut in 1/4-inch slices
26 oz jar spaghetti sauce (you can use more if you like a saucy casserole)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
8 oz penne pasta or any shape you have on hand, cooked al dente
1/4 cup onion chopped
1 cup large diced bell peppers–I mixed red and green
2 cups shredded pizza cheese see NOTES
2 tbsp shredded Asiago cheese
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray a 2-quart round or 11×7-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl mix all ingredients except the 2 cups pizza cheese and the Asiago cheese.
Turn into prepared pan.
Top with the shredded pizza cheese and the Asiago.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is nicely browned and bubbly.
- To enhance the flavor of your Italian Chicken Bake Casserole, consider marinating the chicken breasts in Italian dressing for a few hours before cooking.
- You can customize this casserole by adding your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach to the pasta mixture.
- For an extra kick, sprinkle some red pepper flakes or freshly chopped basil on top before serving.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Saturated Fat: 7g
The Italian Chicken Bake Casserole is a delightful dish that brings the flavors of Italy right to your dinner table. With its simple preparation and satisfying taste, it’s a perfect choice for busy weeknights or special occasions. By following this recipe and applying the pro tips, you can create a memorable meal that your family and friends will adore. Enjoy the comforting goodness of Italian cuisine with this delicious casserole, and savor every bite!
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