This Triple Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake is the perfect winter comfort food. Lighter than most cheesy pasta dishes, this dish is deceptively rich and hearty.
One chilly snowy day recently, I whipped up this Triple Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake for dinner. I happened to have leftover roasted chicken in my freezer, an extra box of mushroom gravy from the holidays, and fresh mushrooms that I had picked up on sale from the store.
Although this recipe is lightened up with cottage cheese and reduced-fat cheddar cheese, you’d never know it. It’s creamy, rich tasting and hearty, and pure comfort food in the thick of winter.
My kids loved this Triple Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake and never suspected that I had whizzed a box of mushrooms into the sauce. Mushrooms are so good for you (did you know they’re cancer-fighting?), but my boys don’t like them in big pieces, so I often chop them up nice and small and toss them into sauces and chili.
This recipe makes a large casserole and can probably feed a family of eight. My boys are big eaters, so we had just a few spoonfuls left for our family of six. All you need is a simple green salad to go along with this meal.
Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast. Please be sure to check out what my fellow foodie friends made this week:
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Triple Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms finely chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 16-ounce container low-fat cottage cheese
- 7 cups hot cooked whole grain or gluten-free pasta 13.25 ounces uncooked
- 4 cups shredded roasted chicken
- 1 cup 4 ounces shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup 2 ounces grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/4 cup reduced fat milk
- 1 container organic vegan mushroom gravy
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, oregano and black pepper; saute 4-5 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Place cottage cheese in a food processor; process until very smooth. Combine cottage cheese, cooked pasta, chicken, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, milk and gravy or soup in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into a large casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
Adapted from Cooking Light