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Baked Chicken-Bacon Alfredo

This week I baked a dish I found on the Mormon Moms:Our Best Bites website. The recipe is, originally, made with penne, but I used whole grain macaroni elbows instead.

Regardless of the change in pasta, taste tester Bryana Merell, 19, still says, “This is really good and I could make it easily with ingredients I mostly already have.” When I told my mom, Stacey Smith, what I made she said, “That is a great idea, I’ve made that before and everybody liked it. I think I’ll make it this week.”

The final dish!

 

Ingredients, according to the “Our Best Bites” website:

8 oz. penne or bowtie pasta
1 recipe alfredo sauce (1 16-oz. jar would work in a pinch)
2 chicken breasts, grilled and chopped (about 2 c. chopped chicken)
6 oz. (1/2 package) cooked bacon, chopped
1 14-oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 c. chopped green onions (about 1 decent-sized bunch)
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste

 

The first step any cook must take to make this dish is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Then, decide whether to make alfredo sauce or buy it. Once the cook has gathered either the chosen alfredo sauce or the ingredients to make it, then it is best to boil the pasta according to the suggested preparation.

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If you chose to make your own alfredo sauce, prepare the sauce while the chosen pasta is being prepared.

If you’ve already purchased alfredo sauce heat it up and begin to combine your grilled and chopped chicken, cooked and chopped bacon, chopped green onions, and  one half of a cup of mozzarella cheese in a separate bowl.

Then, drain and chop the suggested amount of artichokes then add them to the mix as well.

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However, if the alfredo sauce of your choice is ready and the pasta of your choice is cooked before you can complete mixing the remaining ingredients together after you mix the alfredo sauce into the cooked pasta.

 

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After the pasta and alfredo sauce have been mixed together and the other mixture is prepared in a separate bowl, mix the pasta and other mixture together.

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Then, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

After the pasta is mixed together and seasoned, put the food into an eight inch by eight inch baking dish. Then cover the pasta with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

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After that, cover the dish with foil and bake it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. It should turn out something like this:

finished product

Sides that go with this include:

The Food Network’s “Almost-Famous Breadsticks” and Once Upon A Chef’s “Big Italian Salad.”

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