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BBQ Chicken Pasta Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped, cooked Chicken
  • 1 14-oz. pkg of (Birds Eye) frozen Ultimate Southwest Vegetable Blend, thawed
  • 1 1/2 jars of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like Hunts Sweet and Spicy) (Reserve the other 1/2 jar, in case pasta seems dry)
  • 1 pkg of Rotini Pasta
  • 1 cup of shredded colby-jack cheese (or other shredded cheese)

How to cook BBQ Chicken Pasta:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large saucepan place cooked chicken, thawed vegetable blend, and BBQ sauce; put on low heat and allow to simmer slowly.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and combine well with chicken/vegetable mixture.
  • Place pasta in a 9×13-inch baking dish; top with cheese and place in oven about 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Comment(s):

The Birds Eye Vegetable blend has corn, black beans, onions and diced chilies, which compliment this dish. My family loves this, especially when made with BBQ chicken from the day before.

This recipe for BBQ Chicken Pasta serves/makes: 6 – 8 servings

Balsamic Gorgonzola Chicken Pasta Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta
  • Salt
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup cooked and diced chicken
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

How to cook Balsamic Gorgonzola Chicken Pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to instructions in boiling salted water.
  • In a large bowl, add remaining ingredients, except almonds, and whisk together.
  • Add cooked pasta to bowl and stir to combine.
  • Top dish with sliced almonds.

Comment(s):

Watch this disappear like crazy.

This recipe for Balsamic Gorgonzola Chicken Pasta serves/makes: 4

Baked Rigatoni with Poultry or Beef Meatballs Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cleaned freshy sliced mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper, membranes removed and seeded, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 (28-ounce / 796-mL) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (5 1/2-ounce / 156-mL) can tomato paste
  • 3 1/2 cups rigatoni pasta noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

   Meatball Mixture

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground turkey (chicken or beef)

How to cook Baked Rigatoni with Poultry or Beef Meatballs:

  • For the meatballs, into a medium bowl, slightly beat egg before mixing in chopped onion, dry bread crumbs, minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt and pepper until combined.
  • Mix in ground turkey (chicken or beef).
  • Shape mixture into small meatballs using a heaping tablespoon mixture for each meatball.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil into a large skillet.
  • A few at a time, brown meatballs on all side; remove from skillet.
  • Drain excess fat from skillet before adding chopped onion, minced garlic, mushroom slices, chopped green bell pepper, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Stir in water.
  • Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, until vegetables are softened.
  • Stir in stewed tomatoes with juice, tomato paste and reserved browned meatballs.
  • Leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil rigatoni pasta noodles pasta noodles until “al dente”, soft yet still a little crunchy.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Drain pasta noodles.
  • Add drained pasta noodles to meatball mixture stirring until combined.
  • Pour into a 2 1/2-quart (10-cup) casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle mixtrue all over with grated Mozzarella cheese, then with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake into preheated oven for 20 minutes before serving.

This recipe for Baked Rigatoni with Poultry or Beef Meatballs serves/makes: 6 servings

Autumn Pasta in Spicy Butternut Squash Sauce Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 – 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion – chopped
  • 16 oz pasta (farfalle, tortellini, etc), cooked and drained
  • Butternut squash (2-3 lbs)- peeled, cubed and cooked
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Small handful of fresh sage – finely chopped
  • 1 granny smith apple – peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1-2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1-2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1-2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 lb ground hot turkey sausage, cooked & drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to cook Autumn Pasta in Spicy Butternut Squash Sauce:

  • Add olive oil to a skillet and cook onion on low until caramelized.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • To a food processor, add squash cubes, garlic, caramelized onion, sage, and apple; puree.
  • Add chicken stock (about 1 cup) and spices until desired consistency and taste.
  • Add squash sauce to drained pasta.
  • Toss and top with the spicy turkey sausage, grated asiago, and fresh sage.

This recipe for Autumn Pasta in Spicy Butternut Squash Sauce serves/makes: 4 – 6 servings

Aunt Wendy’s Spicy Chicken and Pasta Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 box any type pasta
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • Any hot sauce you like, add to taste
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup

How to cook Aunt Wendy’s Spicy Chicken and Pasta:

  • Chop up the chicken into bite size pieces and put in nonstick frying pan with the peas, soup and hot sauce over medium heat.
  • Boil water for pasta according to package.
  • Let mixture in frying pan cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  • When pasta is done, drain and mix in with chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce for spiciness and adjust.

This recipe for Aunt Wendy’s Spicy Chicken and Pasta serves/makes: 4 servings