I’m always looking for easy dinner casserole recipes. I want dinner ideas that are tasty, of course, but I’m looking for recipes that don’t require a lot of fuss in the kitchen. As a busy mom, I like a simple recipe that can be cooked and served in less than an hour, doesn’t require some strange ingredients, and is hearty enough to feed my growing boys.
That’s why I love this easy chicken pasta bake. It’s a comfort food classic that I can cook and serve in less than 30 minutes. By using a Rotisserie chicken I purchase in the deli section at my local grocery store, I save a lot of prep time. The Rotisserie gives it a wonderful flavor that’s much tastier, too.
I also like that it’s a one dish meal. I love to assemble meals in my casserole dish, so that while it’s cooking, I can clean up all my mixing bowls and other cooking utensils, and my kitchen is cleaned before dinner.
I like to fry bacon for this one, so I have it frying while I assemble everything else. But you could easily eliminate this step, too, by using precooked bacon, since it’s only adding a little extra flavor and not the star of the show. Even better, it is absolutely delicious.
The cream of chicken soup gives it a creamy texture, and the bacon and cheese add the comfort food flavors we all love. I usually just pick up some dinner rolls to serve with it, but my family enjoys it so much, they often skip the bread to keep room for another serving of the pasta instead.
Easy Chicken Pasta Bake
This Chicken & Bacon Pasta Bake is one of our easy dinner casserole recipes filled with creamy Rotisserie chicken, pasta, bacon, and cheese. Even better, it’s ready in 30 minutes or less!
1 box of penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 Precooked Rotisserie Chicken, cubed
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 then spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, blend the cream of chicken soup with 1 cup of water.
Combine cubed chicken, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, soup mixture, salt, pepper, and pasta. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and bake for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle with cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley and let stand for just a few minutes before serving. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.
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Baked Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops -You would never know these pork chops are baked and not fried! It’s our all-time comfort food favorite my boys ask for over and over again.
- 1 box of penne pasta, cooked and drained
- 1 Precooked Rotisserie Chicken, cubed
- 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, blend the cream of chicken soup with 1 cup of water.
- Combine cubed chicken, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, soup mixture, salt, pepper, and pasta.
- Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Garnish with parsley and let stand for just a few minutes before serving.