Overhead view of Italian Pasta Casserole in a white baking dish on a white marble cutting board on a white background

“Taste of Italy” Pasta Casserole

Pasta, seasoned chicken, lots of veggies, and mozzarella. That’s really all you need to make this easy and delicious dish. But don’t let the simplicity fool you because there’s plenty of flavor and nutrients in here. A perfect, rich dish that’s great as dinner for the whole family and easy to take to work as lunch – just reheat in the microwave and it’s ready!

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Overhead view of Italian Pasta Casserole in a white baking dish on a white marble cutting board on a white background
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“Taste of Italy” Pasta Casserole

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 457kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free pasta (preferably fusilli or penne)
  • 14 ounces chicken breast
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 7 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons parsley , chopped

Instructions

  • Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions. Strain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 360°F.
  • Cut the chicken into small cubes. Heat a pan with olive oil, add the chicken, and fry until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with sweet paprika, smoked paprika, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes in half, add to the pan, and fry for 3-4 minutes until they are beginning to release their juices. Add the garlic, mix well, and remove from the heat.
  • Slice the bell pepper and zucchini into similar sized pieces and mix with the chicken and tomatoes mixture. Stir in the pasta and transfer to a large ovenproof dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Tear the mozzarella with your hands into smaller pieces and sprinkle it on top of the casserole. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with fresh parsley, and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
“Taste of Italy” Pasta Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 599mg25%
Potassium 891mg25%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 2474IU49%
Vitamin C 80mg97%
Calcium 426mg43%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Casserole Chicken Italian Mozzarella Cheese Natalia Mantur Pasta Tomatoes Zucchini
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