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Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

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Annacia *

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@Annacia

Lovely veggies are accompanied by cheeses, pasta, and chicken for a family meal everyone will enjoy. This recipe can be frozen for a no-fuss reheat dinner.

Rating:

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Serves:
entire recipe will serve 6 (bake time is for full amount not smaller dishes)
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 15 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 12 oz
    dried penne pasta
  • 1 c
    fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces or can use frozen not defrosted
  • 1 c
    broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c
    chopped red sweet pepper
  • 1 lb
    skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tsp
    dried italian seasoning or other herb blend, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp
    each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c
    butter
  • 1/3 c
    chopped onion
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 4 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded cheddar or swiss cheese (8 ounces)
  • 2 c
    monterray jack cheese (6 ounces)
  • ·
    salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 c
    purchased croutons, coarsely crushed (4 ounces)

How to Make Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding green beans and broccoli the last 2 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Return pasta to pan.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, red peppers and chicken. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

    Cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add chicken to pasta in pan.
  3. FOR CHEESE SAUCE:

    In a large saucepan melt the 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Stir in flour, then tomato paste.

    Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; reduce heat.
  4. Gradually stir in remaining cheeses until nearly melted. Remove from heat; season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

    Add cheese sauce to pasta mixture, stirring to coat.
  5. Spoon pasta mixture into a 3 quart baking dish or a number of smaller dishes as suites your needs.

    Cover baking dish with plastic wrap, then with foil. Freeze for up to 4 months.
  6. TO SERVE:

    Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap; recover with foil.

    Bake about 1 hour 15 minutes less time for smaller dishes as needed, until heated through, stirring 3 times during baking.

    Top with crushed croutons.

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About Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free



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