Baked Penne With Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella

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READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 10
YIELD: 1 9x13 pan
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • During last 2 minutes, add broccoli to pot and blanch while pasta finishes cooking.
  • Drain all and set aside.
  • Wipe pot dry and add olive oil. Saute onion until translucent, then add garlic and cook for a minute or so until fragrant.
  • Stir in flour to make a roux.
  • Slowly add chicken broth, whisking to prevent lumps, and cook until thick.
  • Add cream and bring to simmer to thicken.
  • Add chicken and mozzarella and stir until cheese melts.
  • Add pasta and broccoli, then stir to combine.
  • Transfer to 9x13 baking dish.
  • Toss crushed crackers with melted butter.
  • Top casserole with cracker crumbs.
  • Bake about 20 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
  • To freeze: assemble casserole but do NOT top with cracker crumbs. Wrap for freezing, label, then tape cracker crumbs (in a plastic bag) to the outside of the package. Freeze. When ready to bake, thaw, top with crumbs, and bake at 400 for approximately 30 minutes.
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