Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Casseroles are Perfect for Using Stuff Ups!

Whenever I need to use up stuff I have in the fridge, I always turn to casseroles. They're perfect for throwing everything in and they always come out great! Tonight, I had to some penne, chicken and bell peppers so I made this incredibly easy and yummy dinner! What could be better than a cheesy casserole on a cold weeknight?


1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1/4 c chopped onion
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1/4 c chicken broth
1/4 c milk
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
1 c Penne pasta, cooked according to package directions


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a baking dish.

2. In a saucepan, sauté the chicken, pepper, onion and seasonings in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.

3. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

4. Turn off heat and add pasta and mozzarella to the chicken mixture. Stir until cheese is melted. Spoon into baking dish.

5. Sprinkle with parmesan. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

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