I LOVE alfredo! It was the only thing I would order when we went to an Italian restaurant until I was about 20. This casserole bake is delicious (what isn’t delicious when you add bacon??) and makes great leftovers too!
Chicken Alfredo Bake
- 1 lb pasta
- 1 chicken breast
- 8 oz bacon
- 1 jar alfredo sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
- Italian seasoning
Cook pasta according to package directions, strain and set aside. While pasta is cooking, cook chicken and bacon. Crumble bacon and cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Mix pasta, alfredo sauce, and chicken together. Put half of this mix in a 9x13 pan and top with half the mozzarella. Add the rest of the pasta mix followed by the rest of the mozzarella, parmesan, and Italian seasoning to taste. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
I really enjoy using penne pasta, but a rotini or other smallish pasta would be great for this recipe. Between the time it takes the water to boil and then the pasta to cook, it gives you plenty of time to prep the chicken and the bacon.
As a side note, my son (who is 2.5) loves it when I make pasta because it’s something he can help with. He gets mad if I don’t let him stir it.
I fried the bacon and then set that aside. I actually then cooked the chicken in the bacon fat (not all of it, because there was a lot). Then I just sliced it until into pieces that were about the same size as the penne. Once everything was cooked I mixed the pasta, chicken, and alfedo sauce together in the pot I cooked the pasta in.
I then layered half the pasta mixture into a 9x13 pan and topped it with half the mozzarella. You can also add half the bacon at this point but I personally like it all on top. Add the rest of the pasta mixture, mozzarella, parmesan and bacon.
Because everything is already cooked you really just need to put it in the oven until the cheese has melted and all the flavors have come together, for me that took about 20 minutes at 350. We had a Sunflower Crunch bagged salad kit from Dole, that we at with it. not the best pairing but not a bad salad in general. The pasta was definitely the better part of the meal.