Tasty Tuesday

cheesy-sheet-pan-pasta-with-chicken-and-kale-05042017SHEET-PAN PASTA BAKE WITH CHICKEN AND KALE

YIELD
4–6 servings
ACTIVE TIME
35 minutes
TOTAL TIME
35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

    • 12 ounces short pasta, such as gemelli or penne
    • Kosher salt
    • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan (about 3 ounces), divided
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
    • 1 bunch curly kale, ribs and stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (from 1 [2 1/2-pound] rotisserie chicken)
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (about 6 ounces), divided

PREPARATION

    1. Arrange a rack in top of oven; preheat to 450°F. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions.
    2. Meanwhile, mix panko, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl.
    3. Toss kale and tomatoes with 1/2 tsp. salt and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
    4. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot. Add sour cream, mustard, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, and remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan and 1/2 tsp. pepper; stir until smooth. Stir in chicken and 1 cup mozzarella, adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until evenly coated. Transfer to sheet with kale and tomatoes and toss to combine. Top with panko mixture and remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.
    5. Roast pasta mixture until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned, 5–7 minutes.
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