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HEALTHY CHICKEN BROCCOLI PASTA CASSEROLE

 


The coziest chicken and broccoli pasta bake made with REAL ingredients, simple steps, and hardly any time in the kitchen!


This hearty pasta bake pairs so well with a simple Tomato Mozzarella Salad or green leafy salad such as Avocado Caesar Salad with Cucumbers.


It was freezing this weekend! And it looks like it might stick around a bit longer. Boo! I knew we weren’t going to skate through winter without some colder weather but man that warm spell sure was nice!! This weekend we experienced the type of weekend where we could only be outside for a short while, so we were trapped inside and the kids went a little nuts. And now we have a dog….so it was a whole lot of crazy!


Inspired By : stylishcravings.com


Ingredients

8 ounces cremini mushrooms

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 large head of broccoli about 1 pound of florets

1-1/2 cups milk of choice

2 tbsp. cornstarch

4 cloves garlic minced

1 small white onion

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock

8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat pasta

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided

1/4 tsp. freshly-cracked black pepper

2 cups diced cooked chicken breast dice or shredded, I used rotisserie chicken

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard


Instructions

ONE, Heat the oven to 400°F and cook pasta according to the package directions. Stir occasionally, until pasta is al dente, about 10-12 minutes.

TWO, Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces. Quarter the mushrooms and dice the onion. Add broccoli florets to the pasta, about a minute or two before the pasta is done.

THREE, When finished cooking, drain well in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

OUR, Next, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and garlic, cook, until mushrooms are slightly golden brown.

FIVE, Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch and 1/4 cup milk to a bowl and set aside.

SIX, Reduce the heat to a low and pour the stock and remaining 1 1/4 cup of milk into the pan. Add mustard, salt, and pepper, mix well to combine. Cook until the mixture starts to simmer.

SEVEN, Pour in the prepared cornstarch and milk mixture, mixing thoroughly until sauce is thickened.

EIGHT, Take off the heat and stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper according to your taste.

NINE, In a baking dish, add the cooked pasta, broccoli, and diced chicken. Pour over the mushroom sauce, and stir to nicely coat all the ingredients.

TEN, mooth the top with the back of a spoon and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until cheese on top, is bubbly and golden.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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