Tempt My Tummy Tuesday…. Broccoli, Chicken, and Pasta Casserole

by Lisa on October 3, 2011

Thank you for joining me for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.  I know you will be inspired by all the wonderful recipes linked up!

I have to start today by telling you I am munching on my favorite snack at this very moment – roasted red pepper hummus!  It is so yummy to use as a dip for crackers, raw veggies, pretzels – you get the idea.  YUM! Okay, I know that was random – but I am hungry and wanted to tell you what I was eating!  🙂

NOW, for today’s recipe.  I found this recipe when searching on www.cooking.com.  Of course, I made a few changes to make it my own by deleting breadcrumbs and adding chicken.  We loved it at my house and I think you will as well.

 

Broccoli, Chicken, and Pasta Casserole

  • Broccoli, Chicken, and Pasta Casserole

    1-2 cups cooked chicken, but in bite sized pieces

  • 1 head broccoli (1 pound), cut into florets, stems peeled and cup into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli pasta
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 Tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese, pureed
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese (1 cup)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven 425.  Cook broccoli in a large pot of boiling water until slightly tender, about 2 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon, reserving water in pot.  Add pasta to water, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.  Drain.
  2. Add oil and onion to a clean pan over medium heat.  Saute, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 7 minutes.  Add flour and ground mustard.  Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minutes.   Whisk in the milk in a slow, steady stream.  Bring to a boil.  Cook, whisking, for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add cheeses and 1 tsp salt.  Season with pepper.
  3. Stir in broccoli, pasta, and chicken.  Transfer to a 8 1/2 x 11 inch baking dish.  Bake until bubbling and top, about 25-30 minutes.

The original recipe did not have chicken and it also called for topping the dish with whole wheat bread crumbs.  The breadcrumbs would have been a nice touch. I just omitted it from my recipe.  Try it either way – both will be great!

Now, what’s cookin’ in your kitchen?

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

kimberly October 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Your casserole looks delish! Yummm! Thanks for being the gracious host! Have a great week.

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Miz Helen October 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Hi Lisa,
Your casserole looks awesome. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

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Emily @ Lucy Jane's Best October 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Wow, I normally do not like casserole type dishes and this looks and sounds very yummy. Its probably the pasta and the Parmesan cheese! Yum! Thanks for hosting!

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Lisa October 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

It definitely is the pasta and Parm that makes it yum!

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Melinda October 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

We’re just starting to get into the whole wheat pasta here – can’t believe it took us this long! We love it! And the roasted red pepper hummus sounds wonderful!

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Mrs. Mary Joy Pershing @Learning to Live a Surrendered Life October 4, 2011 at 7:35 am

Oh my goodness!!! That looks amazing!!! Adding to my recipe file now! Thanks for sharing, Lori! Good to see you, sweetie!

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Creatively Melissa October 4, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thanks for hosting! 🙂

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Lydia October 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

That casserole sounds delicious! I’m adding it to my to-try-recipe list. Thanks too for hosting this linky every week!

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Hollie October 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

Lisa, thank you for hosting!

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Rachel October 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

Mmmm I love casseroles…I made one this week too!

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Angela October 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm

The place that makes that hummus is a few minutes from where I live. I agree – theirs is the BEST! 🙂

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Christy @ Raising Knights October 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Love hummus! I get Sabra’s Spinach Artichoke Hummus. My guys like it too, even my non-hummus eating ones. 🙂

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Michelle October 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

We had someone bring in a cheesy rice broccoli casserole that looked a lot like this yesterday for our staff luncheon, and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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renee October 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hi Lisa,

I’m late in linking up….thanks for hosting all of us here!

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Natural Handcrafted Soap October 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Hello !! New here thanks for all nice delicious recipes

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Vanessa October 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

Thanks for hosting!!

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