I had a rich pasta dish similar to this at a restaurant, Bacon, alfredo and pasta--pretty much a match made in heaven. It was so delicious that I tried duplicating it at home.
This is remarkably close, but not as fussy because it uses ready-made ingredients rather than being made from scratch.
This is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight! It can be thrown together in a matter of minutes and is a great way to use leftover chicken (or even a rotisserie chicken); just skip the first step. If you know that you will have a busy day, you can prep this meal in the morning and throw it in the oven right before you are ready to eat!
Place frozen chicken breasts in greased baking dish. Top frozen chicken breasts with 2 tbs. olive oil and season to your liking with all the spices.
Bake in a 350F oven for 45-60 mins or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees, when done remove and let cool a bit.
~~(if you are using leftover or rotisserie chicken, skip the steps above this line).~~
While chicken is baking make pasta according to package directions for al dente.
In a saute pan place onions, and peppers. Saute veggies until slightly tender, add grated garlic and stir so it won't burn.
Deglaze pan with white wine and simmer for a couple minutes.
Cut slightly cooled chicken into bite size chucks or shred if you prefer.
Combine chicken, sauteed veggies, Alfredo sauce, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, peas, and drippings from baked chicken pan (if you did the 1st step). Add salt and pepper to taste (watch out when adding salt. Bacon and cheeses add salt already).
Pour mixture over pasta in a greased 9" x 13" baking dish and stir to combine. Top with remaining cheeses. Cover with foil.
Bake at 350F for 30 mins then uncover and bake until bubbly and slightly browned.
~~You can add other veggies or other types of cheeses if desired..the possibilities are endless!
~~You can make it healthier & lower in fat and calories--Use whole wheat pasta, turkey bacon, and low-fat cream cheese and skim milk. Believe me it is still wonderfully delicious without all the fat and calories!
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (882g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 649 (46%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 72.1g||96 %|
|Saturated Fat 41.4g||207 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 22.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.4g|
|Cholesterol 313.7mg||97 %|
|Sodium 1523.8mg||53 %|
|Potassium 2374.5mg||62 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 115.1g||34 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 113.9g|
|Protein 79.5g||114 %|
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Calories per serving: 1425
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