Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck; Food Stylist: Ana Kelly
Cheese-filled tortellini and a chopped pecan topping add extra flavor to kid-friendly Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake, while broccoli and red bell pepper contribute pops of color throughout this one-dish meal.

Yield:

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (20-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-and-spinach tortellini
4 cups chopped fresh broccoli
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
15 round buttery crackers, crushed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add onion and next 2 ingredients, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until tender.

2. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Whisk in broth, half-and-half, and white wine. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

3. Remove from heat; add 1 cup cheese and next 2 ingredients, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in tortellini and next 2 ingredients. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

4. Stir together 1/2 cup grated cheese and next 3 ingredients. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Note: We tested with Buitoni Mixed Cheese Tortellini.

December 2012
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