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Chicken Alfredo Bake

Chicken Alfredo Bake Categories: Freezer Meals|Chicken|Pasta
Nb persons: 8
Yield:
Preparation time: 20 min
Total time: 40 min
Source: https://www.makeaheadmealmom.com/chicken-alfredo-bake/

Ingredients
    16 ounces  penne rigata pasta
    6 tablespoons  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  cream cheese, softened
    2-3  chicken breasts, cooked and diced
      chopped parsley, for garnish, (optional)

Instructions

Prepare pasta per package directions, to the al dente stage. (Pasta will cook further in the oven, so do not overcook.)
While pasta is cooking, melt butter in large saucepan or dutch oven on stove top over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the flour and whisk. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the garlic, cream, garlic salt, salt, pepper and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and melt cheese.
Allow sauce to simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened, stirring frequently to avoid burning or scorching. Once thickened, remove from heat.
Add in mozzarella and cream cheese and stir to combine and allow cheese to melt. Add additional salt to taste (if needed).
Drain pasta then place back in pot. Pour in sauce and diced chicken to pasta and stir to combine.
Pour pasta and sauce mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

To freeze:
Allow to cool. Cover and label, then place in freezer. (You may want to use a disposable aluminum pan for the freezer.)
When ready to use, remove from freezer the night before and allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

To bake:
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, until top begins to brown slightly and sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven, garnish with parsley (if desired) and serve.

Notes
I like to use grilled chicken in this recipe when possible, as it adds a subtle extra layer of flavor.
AND, if you don't mind garlic, up your minced garlic to 1 1/2 tablespoons and add 1 teaspoon garlic salt - delicioso!!

Recipe updated September 29, 2019, with addition of flour. The flour, while not traditional to an alfredo sauce, has been added to help the sauce freeze and reheat without separating. If making this dish to eat immediately, you may omit the flour.

Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 849 TOTAL FAT: 66g SATURATED FAT: 41g TRANS FAT: 2g UNSATURATED FAT: 21g CHOLESTEROL: 234mg SODIUM: 760mg CARBOHYDRATES: 29g FIBER: 1g SUGAR: 5g PROTEIN: 35g
Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.

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