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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Chicken Pasta Pie

This recipe is the second place winner of the Casserole Throw Down.

I am submitting it because 100% of the people (all 2 of them) who have taken the poll to the right have said that they are in need of main dish recipes - and because in my opinion this was the better casserole (I will go for Alfredo over Mexican any day!)

The only reason these guys didn't win was because they went over budget. Not that this is an expensive dish, just that they were not aware that there would be points cut for going over $10 so they went for primo ingredients rather than store brand.

I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and went for seconds, but it was all gone. So even though I have not made this myself, I have tasted it and loved it. I have labeled this as Neisha, but the credit goes to Lynette, Cami and Jannelle.

Chicken Pasta Pie

16 oz. uncooked thin spaghetti
8 Tbs. butter, divided
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 C Parmesan cheese (fresh is best)
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
3 C small broccoli florets

1 red bell pepper
2/3 C sliced green onions with tops
3-4 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
20 oz Alfredo sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add 6 Tbs of the butter, cut into small pieces and stir until melted. Add beaten eggs and black pepper. Grate Parmesan cheese over pasta and mix well. Spread mixed pasta into prepared pan and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until set.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 Tbs butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pressed garlic, vegetables and cooked chicken and stir fry for about 4 minutes. Stir in 1/2 of the pasta sauce. Spoon chicken mixture into the baked spaghetti shell. Shred mozzarella cheese over chicken and veggies. Bake for 10 minutes then let stand for 5 minutes. Heat remaining sauce and pour over top. Cut and serve - 16 servings.

The contest rules required us to use canned chicken (from Costco) - and in my opinion, it was still quite tasty made with Costco canned chicken. I stress that it is from Costco, because their canned chicken seemed to be quite a lot better than other canned chicken that I have had in the past.


  1. This sounds really good... I'll have to give it a try.

  2. I hope this means we get to have the first prize recipe too.

  3. So, I made this tonight, and it was very good - and well received. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. We made this a couple of nights ago, and everyone loved it, even Tyler. That's a huge feat! Just a note for anyone with smaller families: In my opinion, the leftovers weren't great. (and I love leftovers!) Next time I'll probably half the recipe to get all the goodness out at once.