Chicken Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures

Creamy Italian Chicken

One of our favorite restaurants in Rochester, MN is the Redwood Room.  Years ago they used to serve a creamy chicken pasta dish that was to die for.  For some odd reason they stopped serving this dish, but Liza found this recipe and it tastes just like the dish we craved. So, take our word for it and try it, you’ll be glad you did.

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1/3 C. water
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can cream of chicken soup
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Rice or pasta noodles of choice (I like fettucine noodles myself!)

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker.
  2. Combine salad dressing mix and water; pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3 hour.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese and soup until blended.  Pour mixture over chicken.
  5. Cook 1-3 hours longer (or until chicken is done).  Cut chicken up into bite-sized pieces while in crock pot – last hour.

Server over hot rice or pasta noodles.
Add a bit of shredded parmesan cheese on top before serving

Casseroles Chicken Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures

Baked Orzo with Chicken, Tomato and Feta

1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (I often use more)
1 tsp. dried basil (I use much more)
2 T. olive oil (divided)
1/2 C. white wine
1 large can petite diced tomatoes (28 to 32 oz)
1 tsp. salt (optional)
1 1/2 to 2 lbs diced cooked chicken
1 lb. orzo pasta
1/2 C. black olives, pitted and chopped (optional)
1 to 1 1/2 C. crumbled feta (to taste)

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cook onion, garlic and basil in 1 Tbsp oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until onion is softened (about 3 minutes – but I usually do them longer). Add wine and boil until reduced by half (about 3 minutes). Stir in tomatoes and salt, then reduce heat and simmer briskly, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. While sauce is being prepared, cook orzo to al dente (don’t overcook, as it will become mush in the sauce). Reserve 1/2 C. of pasta cooking water and then drain orzo. Return orzo to pot and toss with remaining 1 Tbsp of oil. Stir in sauce and chicken, then reserved cooking water (note: I generally don’t add much of the water (if it looks dry, I add just a bit of it), then add olives, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon into an oiled 13 x 9 baking dish, then sprinkle with feta. Bake uncovered in middle of oven until cheese is slightly melted and pasta is heated through (approx 15 minutes).

    Note: Makes excellent left-overs (just microwave). Can be made a day ahead for a dinner party (it actually tastes better on day 2, in my opinion!)

Chicken Pasta Recipes with Pictures

Ellen’s Summer Bruschetta Pasta

My cousin Ellen — an amazing cook and baker — came up with this great recipe this summer. Everyone who had already tried it swore that I would love it and my kids would eat it, and they were right. It really is the perfect summer dish. Fresh basil and garlic are a must (but canned tomatoes make it so easy).

1 12 oz. box bow-tie pasta
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/3 C. olive oil
1 6 oz. package Parmesan cheese
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 C. basil, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
3-4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and sliced (optional)

Cook pasta according to directions on the box. In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, olive oil, cheese, garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Drain pasta and return noodles to pot. Add tomato mixture to pasta and stir over low heat (only takes a minute or two to warm tomatoes). Add sliced grilled or baked chicken breasts and stir.

Beef Casseroles Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures

Stuffed Shells

This recipe comes from my sister in-law Becky Lenz.  She made this dish for dinner one night over Christmas.  It was a great dish, full of flavor.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, so don’t judge the recipe by the photo, just make and you’ll agree!

1 box jumbo shells
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
1 small onion – chopped
1 medium pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small pkg. shredded Italian 5 blend cheese
2 lg. can Hunts 4 cheese spaghetti sauce
2-3 tsp. Grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4-5 tsp. oregano
3-4 shakes of parsley flakes

  1. Cook noodles according to package.  Drain with cold water and let cool.
  2. Brown meat and onion
  3. Add salt, pepper and oregano
  4. Cook until the meat is browned and the onion is clear
  5. Drain grease off meat mixture
  6. Add 2 cups sauce and 1 cup of each type of cheese to meat mixture and mix together until cheese is partially melted
  7. Cover bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish with sauce
  8. Stuff shells with mixture and place in baking dish
  9. Cover with remaining shredded cheese
  10. Cover with remaining spaghetti sauce
  11. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes
  12. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  13. Remove foil and bake for additional 5-10 minutes

NOTE — Make sure that noodles remain covered with sauce while baking

Beef Casseroles Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures

Shaun’s Rigatoni

We got this recipe from our neighbors (the Langs) after the birth of our third kiddo.  They brought over a big casserole dish and it had excellent flavor.  Absolutely something we would make again, or accept from our neighbors if they are so inclined to deliver over another pan. Hint, hint!

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped green pepper
1 pkg. Italian style spaghetti sauce mix (Shilling Brand)
1 – 16 oz. can whole tomatoes
1 – 6 oz. can tomato paste
3/4 C. water
Velveeta Cheese
3/4 box Rigatoni Noodles

  1. Fry hamburger, onion and green peppers together.
  2. Boil noodles.
  3. Combine hamburger with paste, tomatoes, sauce mix and water.
  4. Stir into noodles.
  5. Layer with Velveeta in casserole pan.
  6. Bake at 350º for approximately 35 minutes covered.
Cheese Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures Vegetarian

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

I got this recipe from the Food Network website (link).  I didn’t follow the directions exactly as you see them below.  Here are the changes I made to the recipe: instead of three eggs I used just one, and instead of using a slow cooker I baked mine at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. It was excellent!

2 C. uncooked elbow macaroni
4 T. (1/2 stuck) butter, cut into pieces
2 1/2 C. (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 C. sour cream
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C whole milk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Beef Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures

Spaghetti Hotdish

A friend of ours from church shared this delicious recipe with us. I am not a big leftover fan, but this dish was excellent heated up the next day, and the day after that!!!

Spaghetti Hotdish

12 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 – 1 1/2 lb. hamburger
16 oz. sour cream
Large jar spaghetti sauce
2 C. Mozzarella cheese
3/4 C. Parmesan cheese
2 eggs

  1. Spray 9×13″ pan
  2. Put spaghetti in pan
  3. Mix eggs and Parmesan cheese
  4. Pour egg and Parmesan cheese mixture into spaghetti
  5. Layer hamburger, sour cream and then spaghetti sauce
  6. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top

Bake 350º for 30-40 minutes.

Main Dishes Pasta Recipes with Pictures Vegetarian

Tortellini with Peas and Tarragon

I got this recipe in the magazine Real Simple. It was fabulous!

Tortellini With Peas and Tarragon

1 lb. frozen cheese tortellini
2 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 T. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 C. frozen peas
Kosher salt and pepper
2 T. chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 C. grated Parmesan

Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 6 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the butter and cook until it turns golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tortellini, tarragon, and half the Parmesan and toss. Divide among bowls and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

Cookbook Pasta Side Dishes


1 can cream-style corn
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
1 stick oleo
1 C. dry macaroni
1 C. Velveeta cheese, cut up

Mix all ingredients together. Cover and bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. You may use your crock pot, but double the recipe and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Cookbook Pasta Salads

Paul’s Favorite Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni, or any shape you choose
1 C. celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced

1/2 C. vinegar
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 can Eagle Brand milk
1 C. mayonnaise

Cook macaroni; rinse with cold water and drain. Add celery, carrots, onions and green pepper. Mix together dressing ingredients and toss with macaroni mixture.