Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | Gimme Some Oven

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This recipe goes out to all of you parents with kiddos heading back to school this week. You are here for quick and easy recipes in our recent reader survey here. And let me tell you, this one's a keeper. If you are a child of the 80's like me, you can even pop it in your Trapper Keeper to hold onto school nights ahead.

day-of-school kids pop on Facebook with new backpacks and lunch boxes have totally made me nostalgic for those annual load-up-the-shopping-cart, try-to-convince-

everything (oh yes, especially the unicorn stickers), a super-cool Trapper Keeper, and mechanical pencils. And in high school, you'd better believe we drove all over town until I found The Exact Color of Jansport backpack that I wanted, that would hold all of those Mead's 5-Star notebooks, my fancy graphing calculator, and every color of gelly roll pin imaginable.

All non-negotiables, clearly non-negotiable, or for any of you adults like me who still regularly splurge a little too much on non-essential (but way too cute) office supplies, the good news is that this meal - yes I 'm bringing us back to this Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti - also falls in the "affordable" category. Mine clocked it at under $ 15 for 6 servings. So if you use your cool Casio solar-powered calculator to do the math, I'd call this meal a very good deal.

Here's how to make it!

Begin by cooking up a batch of pasta. I used traditional ziti, but you can use any shape and any kind (whole wheat, gluten-free, etc.) of pasta.

While your pasta is cooking, cook up your alfredo sauce. This is the "lighter" alfredo sauce that I used in my Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo recipe. It's my fav!

Once the sauce and pasta are done, toss them together.

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Also add some shredded chicken if you'd like, and toss to combine. You can use any kind, but I generally either:

1) season two chicken breasts with salt and pepper and saute over medium-high heat in olive oil until cooked through 2) use the rotisserie chicken (to save a step)

When your chicken alfredo ziti mixture is ready, add half of it to a baking pan. Then sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese. Then layer with the final half of the paste, and sprinkle with more cheese. Bake uncovered until the cheese is good and melty.

Then pull it out and top with a bit of fresh parsley if you want some color. Seriously, whether you're 13 or 31, I'm pretty positive this meal will totally hit the spot.

I give it an A + .;)

Yield: about 6-8 servings

Delicious chicken and ziti are tossed with a lighter alfredo sauce and baked up to cheesy perfection. Ingredients:

* This is not a super saucy dish, so if you like a lot of sauce, you might want to consider doubling this recipe. If you do not have the time to make your own sauce, one standard-sized jar should be enough.

Directions:

To Make The Chicken Baked Ziti: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of well-salted boiling according to package instructions. Drain. Return pasta to the stockpot and add chicken and alfredo sauce. Gently toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated. Pour half of the pasta into a greased baking dish (either an oval baking dish, or a 9 x 13-inch baking dish will work ). Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of cheese. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. To make The Alfredo Sauce: Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute one minute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant. Sprinkle with flour, and stir to combine. Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally. Slowly add chicken broth, whisking to combine until smooth. Whisk in milk, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for an additional minute until thickened, then stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until the cheese melted. Gimme Some Oven

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