Chicken Caesar salad turned into a delicious pasta bake! Made with whole wheat pasta and low fat milk, it’s a meal you can feel good about serving your family!
Can you believe it? I actually made us something with pasta today! Like real noodles. Not spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles, but real pasta made from flour. I know, I really threw you there didn’t I? I bet you thought you were on the wrong blog. Well, with as sparingly as I share a pasta recipe (I’m pretty sure the last one was almost a year ago) I do like to throw one in ever once in a while. Plus, my husband is thrilled when I do since he would have pasta with some kind of cheese on it every day if I’d make it for him. Today’s pasta recipe is based off of the oh so popular Caesar salad. Today we’re stuffing our faces with this Chicken Caesar Pasta Bake.
Photographing anything that resembles a casserole is a real pain for me. No matter how hard I try it never looks all that pretty. It tastes good, but it kind of just looks like brown blobs when you go to take photos. This becomes even more of an issue when you use whole wheat pasta like I did in this recipe.
The one exception is if the pasta bake or casserole is dripping with cheese or you are using a type of cheese that creates those nice long cheese strings when you go to scoop it out. Those are the money shots that people go crazy for on Pinterest, because seeing lots of gooey cheese sort of does get your mouth watering. However, parmesan cheese is not one of those gooey, stringy cheeses and that’s all you’re going to find in this pasta bake because it’s chicken Caesar after all.
The one saving grace that prevented this pasta bake from appearing to look like one big brown blog are the greens that I decided to add in at the last minute. I used a combination of spinach and baby kale and not only does it add some extra nutrition to the meal, but a nice contrasting color. Despite it’s lack of color, this Chicken Caesar Pasta Bake tastes delicious and it’s flavors are reminiscent of a chicken Caesar salad. Of course a baked pasta dish is always more appealing to kids and husbands like mine so you know you’ll be putting a meal on the table that will appeal to everyone!
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