What’s warm and comforting and the perfect winter pasta recipe? This easy, cheesy, chicken parmesan harvest bake, filled with seasonal veggies like kale and butternut squash. It makes a delicious twist on your regular baked pasta dishes, so don’t skimp on the buttery, cheesy breadcrumb topping. It’s definitely gilding the lily, and oh-so-worth it on this holiday centerpiece. Make it for Thanksgiving or a mid-week dinner. Either way, it will bring family and friends to the table, and that’s what this time of year is all about.
Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta
Ingredients (for 8 people)
- 1 box Barilla® Spaghetti pasta
- 1 jar Barilla® Traditional sauce
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided (we love Prince & Spring Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- 1 2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups fresh kale leaves, chopped, stems removed
- 3 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup Fontina or Gruyère cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
In a large pot, bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil; add salt to taste and the pasta. Stir gently, then cook pasta 6 minutes; remove from heat and drain well. Return to pot and toss with 2 tablespoons oil.
Heat oven to 425°F.
In a shallow roasting pan, combine squash and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; toss to coat, then roast 25 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Remove from oven; reduce temperature to 350°F.
In a 6-quart Dutch oven, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add kale and cook 1 to 2 minutes more until kale is slightly tender and wilted.
Remove from heat and stir in the sauce, pasta, squash, chicken, and salt and pepper to taste until combined. Transfer half of the pasta mixture to a 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with Fontina and ¼ cup of the Parmesan. Top with remaining pasta mixture.
In a small bowl, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and remaining ½ cup Parmesan. Sprinkle mixture over pasta in baking dish. Cover baking dish with foil.
Bake 20 minutes at 350°F; remove foil and bake, uncovered, 20 minutes more or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top with basil.
What’s your favorite winter pasta recipe?