Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta | WorldofPastabilities.com | Delicious updated chicken casserole with bursts of flavor! Can be made ahead or frozen for later. Yum!

The month of “lucky” has just begun and already I’m feeling like I’ve touched the pot of gold!  My mother, affectionately known as “Cookie”, has gifted me with another clever, delicious post.  She is a former gourmet cooking teacher, has built a successful catering business here in Nashville, and is known for her creative, absolutely delicious flavors, and beautifully garnished dishes.  She has great taste for great tastes…and I’m so lucky to introduce Cookie again!

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Comfort food is back, so pasta lovers unite!  Let’s gather and celebrate the ageless and beloved “Chicken Casserole”!  No doubt, each one of us has a “go-to” recipe (usually paired with rice), passed down from family or a good friend.  We reach for these when needed – taking dinner for ones we love, home from the hospital, death in family, new baby or new neighbor, church potluck, casual dinner party or ladies’ luncheon.

Speaking of ladies’ luncheons, I chuckle every time I’m invited, guessing menu will be chicken and wondering how it will be presented. 🙂 It’s a staple and time honored:  Chicken Casserole!  This time though it’s a Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. (notice I sprinkled some paprika on top!)

Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta | WorldofPastabilities.com | Delicious updated chicken casserole with bursts of flavor! Can be made ahead or frozen for later. Yum!

It can be baked immediately or frozen for later and does satisfy most everyone’s appetite.  I had a surprise though when I delivered one to a friend whose husband doesn’t eat casseroles or leftovers (yikes!  I did not know), but she happily reported that he really enjoyed it and ate it again the next day!  This is my new go-to recipe…with pasta!

Admittedly, I love tomatoes – the only fresh vegetable always in my kitchen, my favorite!  The intensity of sun dried tomatoes can at times be a bit overwhelming for my own taste buds, so I use less – taste and decide for yourself, but they do impart a wonderful and tangy burst of flavor!

Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta | WorldofPastabilities.com | Delicious updated chicken casserole with bursts of flavor! Can be made ahead or frozen for later. Yum!

Bonus:  this recipe offers awesome versatility and easily goes from being a meat entrée to a vegetarian entrée to a hearty side dish.  Simply substitute more mushrooms for the chicken and it’s scrumptious all the way!  I choose Good Luck Pasta due to the upcoming holiday, but you can use any pasta shape.

If you believe in the luck of the Irish, you can also try the Sweet and Spicy Sesame Noodles or Bacon, Brussels Sprout, and Corned Beef Pasta featuring Good Luck Pasta!

Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta | WorldofPastabilities.com | Delicious updated chicken casserole with bursts of flavor! Can be made ahead or frozen for later. Yum!

Casseroles do take extra prep time, but pasta can be cooked a day or town ahead, rinsed, and lightly coated with oil, to prevent sticking, then transferred to a baggie and stored in fridge.  Note: Cooked pasta can be safely stored in fridge for up to five days.

Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta | WorldofPastabilities.com | Delicious updated chicken casserole with bursts of flavor! Can be made ahead or frozen for later. Yum!

I fit better suits your needs, divide mixture into two 8” aluminum pans, one to use or give away today, and the other for your freezer.

Thanks to daughter Kathy (Carey’s younger sister) for passing this gem along.  And, Carey, I appreciate the opportunity to share pasta goodness.  “Do small things with great love.”  Mother Teresa

So get cookin’, always with love!

Cookie

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Creamy Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Delicious alternative to the standard chicken casserole. Sun dried tomatoes and fresh herbs add bursts of flavor! enjoy!

Ingredients

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  • One 14 oz. bag of Good Luck Pasta (or any 1214 ounce bag of pasta)
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 T. olive oil (add 1 T. butter if using all mushrooms instead of chicken)
  • 1 lb. chicken breast (uncooked) cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, chopped (baby bellas, crimini, button, or your favorite)
  • 3 oz. white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 (14-15 oz.) jar of Alfredo, or light Alfredo (use a good one, or you can sub refrigerated Alfredo sauce if you can find it, usually comes in 10 oz. plastic tubs)
  • 8.5 oz. jar of oil packed sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced, drained (approx. 1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided (1/2 for mixture, 1/2 for topping)
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • Fresh basil, fresh Parmesan, and paprika for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to pasta package directions, drain, rinse with cold water, and toss with 1 T. olive oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add the olive oil, and bring to medium high heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook briefly for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the raw chicken and cook for about 4 minutes. Drain off any excess or oil or juices, if any. (if using all mushrooms, add them now and saute for 4-5 minutes)
  4. Add wine, basil, parsley, mushrooms, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked chicken mixture from the skillet, the pasta, Alfredo sauce, drained sun dried tomatoes, milk, and 1/2 cup Parmesan.
  6. Spread mixture in a 9 x 13 baking dish (3 quart).
  7. Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup Parmesan.
  8. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  9. Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes until top is brown and bubbly.


 

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37 Comments

  1. Crystal Shuler on March 17, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Looks delicious

  2. Valerie L on March 17, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Thank you for the recipe

  3. Jennifer Essad on March 17, 2016 at 12:20 am

    We can be so creative with our pasta dishes, I like the ease of this one. I eat pasta cold especially with sun dried tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella and artichoke ‪#‎WackyWednesday‬

    • carey on March 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      That combo sounds delicious!! Yum!

  4. Clarissa Hiciano on March 16, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I havent tried this recipe yet but I will definitely try. It looks delicious and I know it’s something my family would enjoy! <3

    • carey on March 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks Clarissa! Let me know what they think!

  5. Susan jette on March 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    The receipts look really yummy cannot wait to try these

  6. Nicole Margrif on March 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    looks delicious cannot wait to make.

  7. Yvonne Davis on March 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Love the clover shaped pasta! Super cute…would even convince my little to try a new dish!

    • carey on March 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      The pieces are perfect for little hands! 🙂

  8. mark on March 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    wonderful. love me some pasta!

  9. jonathan on March 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    looks awesome, maybe my mom will make some for me

  10. darrell on March 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    sounds AWESOME!!

  11. April Lister on March 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    we need that here in Shamrock, Tx this weekend. Our 70th annual St Patricks Day Parade

    • carey on March 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Yes you do! Have a wonderful weekend -and don’t get pinched!

  12. carol n on March 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    It looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  13. Kat B. on March 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Yay pasta! Happy St. Party’s Day!

  14. Candace Galan-Calderon on March 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    This looks so good, gonna have to try this with the good luck pasta I have!

  15. Amy G on March 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I haven’t tried it yet but I would sure love to!

  16. Randi Nemeroff on March 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    omg my mouth is watering over here!!! this looks amazing

  17. Sandra U. on March 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Looks delicious and always looking for new things to make for my family to enjoy.

  18. Jay Pep on March 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds great. Can’t wait to try it soon.

  19. Annmarie W. on March 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I’m so LUCKY to have seen this recipe! Thanks!

  20. Taylor Prince on March 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I would love to make this tonight! Thanks for the great recipe!

  21. Kathy Keane on March 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Definitely trying this!!

  22. Kerrianne Weaver on March 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    That sounds amazing. Will be trying this.

  23. Jessica on March 16, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Going to have to try this, it looks amazing

  24. Sue Baskinger on March 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    #WackyWednesday ?? Thanks for the meal idea! ???

  25. Christa Lopez on March 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

    This recipe looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  26. Virginia on March 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Looks yummy, but will sub with all organic white & baby bella mushrooms as we don’t eat any meat!!!!!!!

    • carey on March 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      That works! I’m actually making a lasagne with baby bellas today!

  27. angela grogan on March 16, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Going to have to try this recipe it looks delicious

  28. Stephanie Ludwig on March 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

    It looks so good!

  29. Jennifer Souveroff on March 16, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Looks delicious 🙂

  30. Dawn Terrell on March 16, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This looks so yummy! Thanks!

  31. Anne Hanson on March 16, 2016 at 11:32 am

    This sounds simply delicious. I would probably add a tiny amount of bacon. I think it would be a great addition. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Kathy B on March 16, 2016 at 4:18 am

    My husband LOVES casseroles. Perfect!

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