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Chicken, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pasta Bake (Cooking for 2)

Chicken, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pasta Bake (Cooking for 2)
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 2

Shredded chicken, bites of bacon and sweet caramelized onions in a creamy Gruyère sauce make this decidedly dialed-up version of mac and cheese a real winner. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3
tablespoons butter
1
small onion, thinly sliced
1
cup uncooked penne pasta
2
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups whole milk
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
cup shredded Gruyère cheese (4 oz)
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
cup shredded cooked chicken
3
slices cooked bacon, crumbled
2/3
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1
tablespoon butter, melted

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. In 7-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are browned. Remove from heat.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on package to al dente; drain.
  • 3
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Beat in milk, salt and pepper with whisk; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; beat in Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses. Add cooked pasta, chicken, bacon and browned onions; gently stir to combine. Transfer to same 7-inch cast-iron skillet.
  • 4
    In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle over top of pasta mixture. Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Swiss cheese can be substituted for Gruyère in this recipe.
  • The pasta mixture can also be baked in 8x4-inch loaf pan 18 to 22 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1230
Calories from Fat
560
% Daily Value
Total Fat
62g
96%
Saturated Fat
34g
168%
Trans Fat
2g
Cholesterol
220mg
73%
Sodium
1720mg
72%
Potassium
670mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
100g
33%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
13g
Protein
66g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
100%
100%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1/2 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
6 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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