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Quick and Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

Quick and Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe is an easy weeknight dinner go to. A kid friendly dinner that will take 30 minutes or less form start to finish.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Casserole, Italian, Kid friendly
Keyword chicken penne pasta recipe, easy dinner, penne pasta, quick dinner, weeknight dinner
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 341 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 4 links al fresco garlic chicken sausage
  • 1.5 cups broccoli florets
  • .5 cup shredded mozzarella
  • cheese for sprinkling on top

For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • .25 cup Parmesan cheese
  • .5  cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Boil water for pasta and cook pasta per directions on box to al dente.
  2. In the final minute of cooking the pasta, add the broccoli florets to blanch. Rinse drained pasta and broccoli in cold water to stop the cooking process and shake to dry well.
  3. While pasta is cooking, slice chicken sausage and start the sauce.
  4. Once pasta is cooked and sauce is finished, combine the two with the sliced al fresco chicken sausage.
  5. Add pasta mixture to a large baking pan, sprinkle with cheese, and bake 15-20 minutes until cheese begins to brown and gets bubbly.

For the sauce:

  1. Melt butter in a pot on medium before whisking in flour. Whisk and cook for about 2 minutes, or until a roux has formed and the mixture is light brown.
  2. Slowly, add milk while whisking.
  3. Stir regularly and cook on medium low until the sauce thickens.
  4. When desired consistency, remove from heat and add cheese.

Recipe Notes

You can skip baking the pasta is you're in a pinch, but I would brown the sausage and cook the pasta fully. al fresco sausage is precooked, but tastes a million times better when heated up before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 6.4g 32%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 567mg 24%
Potassium 204mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5.7g 23%
Sugars 4.44g
Protein 21.4g 43%
Vitamin A 32%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 34%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.