Monday, March 21, 2011

Betty Crocker Eat Your Heart Out

Today starts the big 2011 Dinner Makeover Challenge. I feel like we started off with a bang. I made yummy Cheesy Baked Chicken & Bowtie Pasta With Veggies Here is the recipe in case you would like to try it out.

1 12 ounce box Bowtie Pasta
1 13 ounce can Chicken Breast or meat from a Rotisserie Chicken
1 bunch Broccoli
1 5 ounce bag Spinach
4 cups Milk
1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 1/4 cups Grated Fontina Cheese
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese plus

Heat oven to 425 cook pasta. cut broccoli and add to cooking pasta water for last 3 min. drain whisk together milk, flour, salt, pepper in sauce pan and boil. reduce and simmer until thickened, about 5 min. stirring occasionally. Add spinach for last 2 min. Remove from heat and stir in 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese and 1 cup grated fontina cheese. add pasta, broccoli, and chicken to sauce and toss to coat. Put in 3 qt. baking dish. sprinkle top with remaining cheeses bake for 10 min or until cheese melts and browns.

So I might have accidentally grabbed a BBQ chicken instead of a regular rotisserie chicken, but it really didn't seem to matter. It made a big casserole dish worth and It even gives directions for freezing which you are supposed to do before baking, but I think it will get eaten up quick, but this might be made before baby love arrives (unless my MIL and Laura don't already stock up our fridge). Besides my little chicken debacle this recipe was super easy to make and now that I have made it once I think I could whip it up pretty quick.
I wish I had taken a picture after I added the cheeses and spinach. Just the cream sauce alone was good enough to eat for dinner. It shall be placed on top of something else someday soon perhaps some yummy chicken.
The finished product.
Night 1 of new recipes turned out spectacular. I am pretty proud of myself (patting self on back).


Gail said...

That looks delicious Roxy! I totally printed out that recipe and I'll try it this weekend. :)

MillerMama said...

My hubby (my usual chef) is working a few nights this week so maybe I will try this out! Yum!

Roxanne said...

It is delicious and I highly reccomned it! It really is easy and make sure you taste teh cream sauce after you add the cheeses and spinach it is to die for!