Caprese Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake Recipe | Yummly

Caprese Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

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If yours is a pasta-loving family, this recipe is one you'll be enjoying all year long. The tomatoes are pan-roasted and slightly sweetened to pair perfectly with herby pesto, chicken, and fresh mozzarella. And if you made Easy Shredded Chicken Breast Hack, the recipe will come together in a snap. Just add a simple salad, and dinner is done! Note that if you'd like the pasta bake to be extra-cheesy, just go up to 1 pound of mozzarella balls. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Ashley Strickland Freeman.


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes, halved)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breasts (shredded)
  • 1 cup pesto (refrigerated or jarred)
  • 8 ounces fresh small mozzarella balls (mini, ciliegine size; use 16 ounces if you'd like it extra cheesy)
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)
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    1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray or oil.
    2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions until al dente; drain.
    3. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a medium saute pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the halved tomatoes, minced garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Sauté until tomatoes begin to soften and release their juices, about 3 minutes.
    4. Gently toss together pasta, tomatoes, chicken, pesto, and mozzarella and spoon into the prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
    5. Bake until cheese melts and pasta is warmed through, 20-25 minutes. Scatter fresh basil leaves on top if you like.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium27% DV640mg
    Fat18% DV12g
    Protein37% DV19g
    Carbs20% DV61g
    Fiber12% DV3g
    Calories430Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat5g25%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate61g20%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A20%
    Vitamin C20%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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    Amy E. 6 days ago
    One of my favorite casseroles EVER!!!!
    Ruby B. 9 days ago
    Very good. Surpringly easy. Flavorful.
    Jin DU 11 days ago
    Amazing recette! Easy to make and surprisingly tasty
    Marcus Minami 14 days ago
    So easy and delicious, I used costco pesto sauce and baked Parmesan Panko crusted chicken thighs which I add on top of the pasta to make it heartier
    Corey Lyn 19 days ago
    So easy and yummy! Definitely will make this again
    Christine 24 days ago
    So yummy and easy. I poached chicken to shred it and used the pearl sized mozzarella balls
    Stephen Lynch a month ago
    tastes amazing and will definitely be a recurring entree in our house. Also very easy to put together will little prep work required.
    Dillan Henderson a month ago
    Nice and easy recipe to make. Good tasting.
    Fran Ullah 2 months ago
    Delicious! The whole family loved it, and my son had seconds!
    Nina Laville 2 months ago
    So delicious and healthy! Would definitely make again.
    Rudy Gomez 2 months ago
    I love this Caprese chicken pesto pasta bake 100% delicious