Easy Cheesy Baked Chicken Rigatoni

display easy cheesyA box of pasta combined with a few ingredients is an affordable way to feed a family. I happen to be a pasta lover and it appears that my 2 year old is as well. So, pasta dishes are on the menu in my home every month.

cheesy chicken pasta 003About a year or two ago I discovered this pasta sauce at Target. Giada De Laurentiis {from Food Network} has a line of products at Target, and the above sauce is one of my favorites. Mascarpone and Romano cheeses give it a creamy texture.  If you can find it, I recommend using it for this dish. If not, your favorite jar of spaghetti/pasta sauce will work as well.

ready to backThis rigatoni dish comes together in no time. Put it in the oven to bake and…

cheesy chicken bakespair it with a salad and some fresh bread to create a balanced, delicious meal.

ENJOY!

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Easy Cheesy Baked Chicken Rigatoni

Servings: 6-8

Source: Pocketful of Motherhood

Ingredients:

16 oz. box of rigatoni pasta

2 large chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

23 oz. jar of creamy tomato pasta sauce

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon garlic salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Extra cheese for sprinkling over top

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain water and transfer pasta to a large bowl. Cut the chicken in to cubes; cook in the olive oil until no longer pink. Add the cooked chicken to the bowl of pasta. Add the pasta sauce, cheeses, garlic salt and black pepper. Stir everything together. Transfer the pasta to a large greased baking dish. Sprinkle some cheese over top (cheddar or mozzarella). Cover the dish in foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly. Remove the foil the last 5 minutes of baking. Enjoy!

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