Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni

Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni – CRAZY good! The whole family cleaned their plates and went back for seconds! Such an easy weeknight casserole recipe! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later too! Chicken, rigatoni, cheese soup, evaporated milk, heavy cream, garlic mozzarella, and cream of chicken soup. SO good! I wanted to faceplant into the casserole dish!! LOL! #chicken #casserole #cheese #pasta

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Easy Chicken Pasta Casserole

Stop what you are doing and get the ingredients to make this Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni right now! This is seriously delicious!! Like, I want to face plant into the casserole dish delicious. I am already planning on making this again next week. We just can’t seem to get enough of it!! Serve this with a salad and some bread and WOW! Better than any restaurant!

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How to Make Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni

This Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni only takes a few minutes to whip together and is ready to eat in under an hour. I used rotisserie chicken in this casserole to cut down on time. I made the quick cheese sauce while the pasta boiled and then just tossed everything together. Super easy!

  • Can Cheesy Rigatoni be made in advance? Yes! You can make this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • Can Cheesy Rigatoni be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the casserole unbaked for an easy meal later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
  • To freeze the baked casserole, cool the casserole completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. To reheat, thaw, and baked covered in the oven until heated through.
  • This makes a lot of pasta. Feel free to split the casserole between two 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch pans and bake one and freeze one for later.
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What to Serve with Baked Chicken Pasta

This Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni is definitely a new favorite in our house. It is hard to beat warm cheesy chicken and pasta. YUM! Comfort food at its best!! It makes a ton. It would be perfect for a crowd! All you need is a salad and some bread and dinner is done.

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Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni – CRAZY good! The whole family cleaned their plates and went back for seconds! Such an easy weeknight casserole recipe! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later too! Chicken, rigatoni, cheese soup, evaporated milk, heavy cream, garlic mozzarella, and cream of chicken soup. SO good! I wanted to faceplant into the casserole dish!! LOL! #chicken #casserole #cheese #pasta

Ingredients:

  • 12- oz Rigatoni (4-1/2 cups dry)
  • 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cheese soup
  • 1 (5-oz) can evaporated milk
  • cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  • In a large saucepan, combine cheese soup, evaporated milk, heavy cream and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until sauce comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 to 7 minutes, until sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and pepper.
  • In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup and cheese sauce.
  • Spoon pasta into prepared dish. Sprinkle casserole with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is golden brown.

Notes:

  • Can Cheesy Rigatoni be made in advance? Yes! You can make this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • Can Cheesy Rigatoni be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the casserole unbaked for an easy meal later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
  • To freeze the baked casserole, cool the casserole completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. To reheat, thaw, and baked covered in the oven until heated through.
  • This makes a lot of pasta. Feel free to split the casserole between two 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch pans and bake one and freeze one for later.

Steph

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  1. Does it matter what kind of pasta you use? Baking the pasta for 45 mins after boiling it won’t make it mushy or hard?

    1. Can take a lot more than an hour to make if you’re not a professional. I mean I don’t cook very often so it took me about two hours all together.. but it was worth it

    1. I haven’t tried this with macaroni. You may need more macaroni than rigatoni since it is a smaller noodle. You will just have just have to use your best judgment on the amount of pasta.

  2. Cant wait to try this. If i wanted to add spinach, would i usefresh or frozen? Should it just be added to the mix?

  3. Cant wait to try this. If i wanted to add spinach, should i use fresh or frozen? Does it just get added with the mix?

    1. I would use frozen. Make sure to thaw and drain the water out really good. I press it between paper towels and really ring it out. Just add it to the pasta mixture before putting it in the pan. Enjoy!

        1. Since that would be your own addition, it is up to you. I would start with one packet of frozen chopped spinach, but again, it is up to you.

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