Creamy Pesto Pasta Bake

    1 hour 15 minutes

    This creamy pasta bake has penne, cooked chicken, spinach, tasty cheese, crushed tomatoes, pesto and Alfredo sauce. It's baked with a cheesy bread crumb topping.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 500g penne pasta
    • 6 cups cubed cooked chicken
    • 4 cups tasty cheese, grated
    • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
    • 1 (400g) tin crushed tomatoes
    • 470g Alfredo sauce
    • 470g pesto sauce
    • 1 1/2 cups milk

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C. Grease an oblong baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and olive oil in a small bowl until evenly moistened; set aside.
    2. Fill a large saucepan with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne then return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
    3. Meanwhile, combine the chicken in a bowl with the tasty cheese, spinach, tomatoes, alfredo sauce, pesto sauce and milk. Stir in the pasta once done then scoop into the prepared baking dish. Top with the bread crumb mixture.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown on top, 40 to 45 minutes.

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    Geez some people drive me crazy! How on earth are you going to rate this recipe when you haven't even made it??? & because of the calorie/fat content? Not at any point does this recipe say low calorie or low fat! To rate a recipe with 1 star because of what it "sounds" like completely defeats the meaning of this website. I've never commented before, but I am just amazed at some users sometimes!!! By the way...wonderful recipe!!! Will make again & again...& again!  -  29 Aug 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    As the submitter I would just like to say it is a comfort food food that my family and friends love.And was not meant to be lowfat. Hypertrophy I use a very large deep pot to mix it all in  -  12 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Fantastic! Made it exactly as written and my whole family was delighted. As is often the case with pasta, the flavors "married" overnight and the leftovers rocked! I am pleading with those of you who feel compelled to give a negative rating to a recipe you've never tried to please resist the urge. If you read the ingredients and decide it is not for you because of calories, salt, fat, or whatever, why are you even reading the reviews and adding your opinion? The rest of us are not interested in your lecture, but rather the experiences of those who have actually made the recipe.  -  29 Aug 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)