Main Dishes

Chicken and Zucchini Pasta Bake

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Is the zucchini bursting out of your garden yet? My naughty chickens have gotten to all of mine, but I was lucky enough to snag some recently and whip up this quick, easy, and delicious pasta bake. The basil cream sauce is made from scratch with ingredients that you probably have on hand right now.

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1 lb rotini pasta par-boiled
2 large chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
2 small zucchini sliced on a bias
6 tablespoons salted butter divided
1 clove garlic minced
salt & pepper
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup dry white wine chardonnay works well in this!
2 cups half and half
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 325. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in your pan, and heat until sizzling. Quickly saute the zucchini slices on one side until they get a bit of color on them, and remove from heat. Melt another...
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Nutritions

Calories
477

Sodium
601mg
25% DV

Fat
35g
53% DV

Protein
16g
33% DV

Carbs
19g
6% DV

Fiber
3g
15% DV

You can't beat the ease of this creamy and cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta for a 30-minute dinner that the whole family will love. Made-from-scratch skillet mac and cheese is tossed with kielbasa and tender broccoli florets so that you get an entire meal in one pan. This kid-friendly dish is perfect for busy weeknights!

2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 c chopped broccoli florets
1 T olive oil
13 oz smoked sausage ( such as kielbasa )
1/2 c finely diced onion
2 T butter
2 T all purpose flour
1 1/2 c half and half
8 oz sharp cheddar
4 oz smoked gouda
1/2 t dry mustard
Kosher salt and pepper
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  • Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. During the final 3 minutes of cooking time, add the broccoli florets to the boiling water with...
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Nutritions

Calories
756

Sodium
738mg
30% DV

Fat
39g
61% DV

Protein
31g
62% DV

Carbs
62g
21% DV

Fiber
4g
18% DV