For my first Fun Food Friday I'm doing Chicken Broccoli Bake. When Steve and I got married my VandenHeuvel aunts put together a cookbook for me. They got recipes both from my side and from Steve's side. One of the recipes I got from Steve's mom was for this Pizza Spaghetti Casserole. Steve loves it but I'm not a huge fan of pizza or spaghetti sauce. So taking the idea from that casserole I came up with this dish. Now this was the first time I ever put ham in it, but we got a ham from a couple at church for Christmas and had so much leftover after having it at Micah's birthday party, so I decided to put it in and boy oh boy was that a great idea. So it doesn't need the ham, but if you have some ham sitting in your refrigerator looking for an opportunity to be used, I highly recommend adding it to this dish. Okay, here we go:
The ingredients: Rotini Pasta, cooked chicken cubes, ham cubes, Alfredo sauce, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic power and broccoli
First, cook a 16oz box of rotini pasta
While the pasta is cooking, steam some broccoli (if you don't have a steamer you can cook it in boiling water)
Drain the pasta (I don't rinse the pasta, if you want to just make sure to rinse it with hot water)
Return pasta to the pot and add the chicken (I used 3 boneless skinless chicken breast, produced about 3 cups of chicken), ham and broccoli
Add the Alfredo sauce. I used Ragu Light Parmesan Alfredo (trying to be healthy:) ). You will need about 1 1/2 jars of it. I used a little more than that since I added ham. You can decide how wet you want the pasta. And remember, you can always add more at the end.
Add some shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
Add some Garlic powder
Cover the dish with foil (so the cheese won't burn). Make it kind of bubblie so the foil isn't touching the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (if you've made the dish earlier in the day or if it's the one you have thawed from the freezer you will need to cook it longer). Remove the foil for the last 5 minutes of baking.
The finished product.
Micah approves :)