Monday, January 30, 2012

Last Minute Dinner Recipe: Three-Cheese & Chicken Baked Pasta

I was searching this weekend for a last minute dinner idea. You know how it's Saturday and you've been busy all day, look at the clock and it's already 4:30. I searched around the net and came across this Southern Living recipe for  Three Cheese Baked Pasta and decided this was what was going to be for dinner. I thought the recipe sounded easy and fantastic!

I did, however make two adjustments. There is no way my meat eater hubby was going to have a non-meat meal. I  added chicken to appease my meat eater.  I also did not have ricotta on hand but did have cottage cheese and substituted with that. This turned out so good, easy and the family raved on its deliciousness!  Now, I never eat leftover pasta but my husband does. He said it was as delicious reheated as it was the first time!   

Three-Cheese & Chicken Baked Pasta

1 (16-oz.) package ziti pasta
2 (10-oz.) containers Alfredo sauce 
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream 
1 (15-oz.) container ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot. Stir together Alfredo sauce and sour cream; toss with ziti until evenly coated. Spoon half of ziti mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Stir together ricotta cheese and next 3 ingredients; spread evenly over pasta mixture. Spoon remaining pasta mixture evenly over ricotta cheese layer; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

I hope your family enjoys this as much as ours!
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