Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake #RecipeReDux

Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Sometimes its hard to say goodbye. You know its time. Time to go your separate ways. You need a change. Something new. Maybe plastic? Now wait a minute. What are we talking about?
I’m talking about my hand-me-down colander.
This vital piece of equipment is found in most kitchens. Mine has sentimental value attached. It was my Mom’s. Countless piles of cooked potatoes drained in there for potato salad or mashed potatoes. Green beans picked fresh from the garden got a bath in there. Shrimp was thawed and pasta drained.
I still prefer this beat up old metal one to newer plastic ones.
This month The Recipe Redux challenged members to share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it.

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One dish stands out in my mind that Mom made. Macaroni and Cheese. She always used elbow macaroni and processed cheese, you know the kind that comes in a box.
A very easy, fairly inexpensive meal. Sometimes she added hamburger. She’d cook the elbows and drain them in the colander. Mom always saved a small dish of pasta with a little butter just for me.
I still like mac and cheese and I make it several ways.
For today’s challenge I used veggie based pasta, low-fat cheddar and chicken breast. The top of the casserole gets dotted with Neufchâtel cheese and smoked paprika.
cheesy chicken pasta bake

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
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  • 2 cups uncooked pasta, I used a veggie based one
  • 1 8-ounce chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • parsley for decorating
  • 1½ cups 2 percent milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups low-fat cheddar
  • 4 ounces Neufchâtel cheese
  1. cook pasta according to package directions
  2. brown chicken in olive oil, reduce heat, cook thoroughly
  3. add chicken and pasta to a casserole dish
  1. whisk together milk, cornstarch,mustard,salt and pepper. bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. when sauce thickens, remove from heat stir in cheddar
  3. add sauce to chicken pasta mixture, stir
  4. dot with Neufchâtel, sprinkle with paprika and parsley
  5. bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until cheese melts and casserole is thoroughly heated

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16 Responses to Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake #RecipeReDux

  1. Mary Withrow says:

    I love Pasta, this looks really good!

  2. Erlene says:

    You have some wonderful recipes on your site. Would love if you came and linked up some of them on The Yuck Stops Here! recipe link up.
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  3. Indeed it is sad to say goodbye to an old friend! Especially when they just don’t make ’em like they used to!

    Your pasta dish reminds me SO much if my moms. It’s a timeless classic :)
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  4. Great redux of mac and cheese – I’m sure your mom would approve 😉
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted..Oatmeal Almond Pancakes with Maple Mango Banana Topping RecipeMy Profile

  5. Perfect post on Earth Day! The old metal colander is waaaaay better than a new plastic one.
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  6. Sarah says:

    I love that! Wonder if it could be repurposed into some sort of light fixture if it’s ever past its food days?!

  7. Mmm, this pasta looks indulgent in its carbs, delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  8. Christy says:

    Very fun – but your colander still looks great to me! The plastic ones don’t have the same feel. The chicken sounds great too!
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