Cheesy Asparagus Pasta Casserole

Cheesy Asparagus Pasta Casserole

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Incorporate a nutritious asparagus in your everyday pasta casserole. Everything will taste even more excellent as soon as you add more cheese.

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Time needed

25-30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-oz.) pkg. medium seashell pasta
  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken, cooked and deboned
  • 2 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1 C. evaporated milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 C. cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 Tbs. fresh basil, snipped
  • 1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in a large bowl. In a large skillet, sauté asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes with garlic in olive oil until tender. Add to pasta. Mix well. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add in flour, salt, pepper and milk. Cook and stir until mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat and add 1 C. cheddar cheese until melted. Add basil. Mix sauce with pasta and vegetables. Fold in chicken. Pour in greased baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

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