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Caprese Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

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If yours is a pasta-loving family, this recipe is one you'll be enjoying all year long. The tomatoes are pan-roasted and slightly sweetened to pair perfectly with herby pesto, chicken, and fresh mozzarella. And if you made Easy Shredded Chicken Breast Hack, the recipe will come together in a snap. Just add a simple salad, and dinner is done! Note that if you'd like the pasta bake to be extra-cheesy, just go up to 1 pound of mozzarella balls. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Ashley Strickland Freeman.


  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes, halved)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breasts (shredded)
  • 1 cup pesto (refrigerated or jarred)
  • 8 oz. fresh small mozzarella balls (mini, ciliegine size; use 16 ounces if you'd like it extra cheesy)
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)
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    1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray or oil.
    2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions until al dente; drain.
    3. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a medium saute pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the halved tomatoes, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar. Sauté until tomatoes begin to soften and release their juices, about 3 minutes.
    4. Gently toss together pasta, tomatoes, chicken, pesto, and mozzarella and spoon into the prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
    5. Bake until cheese melts and pasta is warmed through, 20-25 minutes. Scatter fresh basil leaves on top if you like.
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    Calories430Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat5g25%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate61g20%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A20%
    Vitamin C20%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Yummly User 15 days ago
    Easy and delicious! I added onions to the tomatoes and put balsamic glaze on top.
    Yummly User a month ago
    way more flavorful then I was expecting, next time I will definitely be breaking the cheese into smaller bits, that type of cheese holds it's form, even after melted. I used fresh homemade pesto, to die for! will definitely be making again!
    Yummly User a month ago
    Easy to prepare. I had just made pesto from my first harvest of basil from my new herb garden & this was a perfect recipe to use a portion of that pesto. Beautiful & delicious!
    Yummly User 4 months ago
    It was okay. Not a lot of flavor. Would have used another cheese.
    Yummly User 6 months ago
    I used tomato pesto instead of basil pesto. Came out really nice, and super easy. A little too much chicken and not enough cheese or garlic, but that's a personal preference.
    Yummly User 8 months ago
    Delicious! My whole family loved it. I followed the recipe but added extra pesto and olive oil, we like it saucy. Im definitely making this again!!
    Yummly User a year ago
    This was a big hit with my family! Easy prep and fresh taste. The pesto was delicious and I used tomatoes from our garden which made it even better.
    Yummly User a year ago
    turned out great, easy to make not alot of preparing
    Yummly User a year ago
    Kids loved this and I used basil from my garden for homemade pesto. I have made this before with store bought pesto and it was just as yummy.
    Yummly User a year ago
    Tasted great! Didn’t have mozzarella balls so I used shredded mozzarella, still worked well. Also used peri peri chicken since I had some leftovers and the flavour was perfect! Thanks for sharing :)
    Yummly User a year ago
    Amazing recipe. It was extremely easy to make, and the taste was amazing. Would definitely recommend trying this out :)
    Yummly User a year ago
    Even my picky eaters love this!
    Yummly User a year ago
    Super delicious. Wasn't oily or too heavy at all.
    Yummly User a year ago
    Great! Was Yummly! Did not modify!
    Yummly User a year ago
    Need to add more liquid to it as it’s slightly dry for my taste, but other than that I think this may become a new staple in my house even my fussy 4 year old ate two bowls of it!
    Yummly User a year ago
    I'm definitely cooking this again but adding cheddar or some sort of cheese that melts more completely in addition to the mozzarella
    Yummly User a year ago
    Love it! Definitely a family favorite
    Yummly User a year ago
    really good! would make it again but maybe with more pesto or even a drizzle of olive oil over dish befoee putting in oven.
    Yummly User a year ago
    Delicious! I’m sure the family will request this again. I added artichoke hearts, red onion & arugula. His dish is hearty, flavorful and filling!
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    My family loved this! A very nutritious but simple-to-make dish
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Good recipe. made a couple of tweeks but overall turned out ok. Pan seared chicken breasts in pan before cooking the tomatoes. eliminated sugar as it was not needed. and doubled the pesto as it was a little on the dry side without adding extra moisture.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Would make again! Using fresh ingredients from the farmers market - can’t be beat
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    OH MY YUM!! This is delicious! Both myself and my husband had seconds and my two year old approved and ate a full bowl himself (which NEVERRRRR happens)!! I didn’t use fresh basil because Walmart was out so I used ground basil. I also decided to add marinated artichoke hearts, which I sautéd with my tomatoes and garlic, I definitely recommend if you like artichokes!
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    One of my favorite casseroles EVER!!!!
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Very good. Surpringly easy. Flavorful.
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    Amazing recette! Easy to make and surprisingly tasty
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    So easy and delicious, I used costco pesto sauce and baked Parmesan Panko crusted chicken thighs which I add on top of the pasta to make it heartier
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    So easy and yummy! Definitely will make this again
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    So yummy and easy. I poached chicken to shred it and used the pearl sized mozzarella balls
    Yummly User 2 years ago
    tastes amazing and will definitely be a recurring entree in our house. Also very easy to put together will little prep work required.