Chicken, Mushroom and Asparagus Pasta Bake

I meant to post this about 2 weeks ago but things got a little busy. This was thrown together on a whim when I made a big batch of lemon pepper chicken for a couscous salad (which I did post at the beginning of the month!) this had a light sauce and hearty veggies. I found some grilled and frozen asparagus at Trader Joes, but you could always grill or steam your own for the recipe.

You will need:

3/4 lb diced chicken
Lemon pepper seasoning
11 oz can diced tomatoes
8 oz pkg button mushrooms
6-8 stalks grilled asparagus, chopped
1 lb package campanile pasta
(Optional: 1 cup ricotta mixed with 4 oz thawed and drained spinach and 1/4 cup grated ricotta)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

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Preheat the oven to 350.

(I used some lemon pepper chicken I had from a previous recipe in this, all I did to make it was season the chicken with a lemon pepper grinder I have and cook it in a skillet with oil. Lemon pepper seasoning should be in the spice aisle.)

Boil water for the pasta in a stock pot. Heat a 3 quart sauce pan over medium heat and add in the diced tomatoes and mushrooms. Let simmer allowing the mushrooms to cook. I don’t like large chunks if tomato so I also used a spoon to break them down a little more. Once the mushrooms are cooked stir in the chicken and asparagus.

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Cook the pasta to about a minute before the package directions instruct for al dente pasta. Drain and add it to the sauce, mixing until everything is combined.

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Spoon half of the mixture into the bottom of a 10″x7″ baking dish. Add dollops of the ricotta mixture if desired. This would be good without it as well if you don’t like ricotta or spinach.

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Spoon remaining pasta mixture on top and cover with shredded mozzarella.

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Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until top begins to turn golden and the edges get a little crispy.

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About annsley423

I work in Boston at an online retail company called Wayfair.com. I work within the Order Processing department, trying to stop fraudulent orders among other tasks. My company has a large catalogue of kitchen items, which has been both helpful (to my cooking) and detrimental (to my wallet). I am a self taught cook, learning mostly from watching cooking shows and doing trial and error within my own kitchen. I am making this blog as a way to share ideas and successes, as well as curb boredom in my small apartment. In my spare time besides cooking, I like to read, take pictures and have fun with my friends. I am also trying to learn more about wine and hopefully that will eventually be incorporated within the blog as well.
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