Smokey Mozzarella Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Looking for an easy Smokey Mozzarella Broccoli Casserole recipe? Learn how to make Smokey Mozzarella Broccoli Casserole using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by moonlightusa

Makes 8 servings



Hearty yet low enough in calories to not undo your day! Comfort food, guilt-free!

Recipe Ingredients for Smokey Mozzarella Broccoli Casserole

1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds), stalks cut off, florets trimmed into 1-inch pieces
12 ounces penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
18 g garlic cloves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3), trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
3 ounces smoked mozzarella, shredded
1 cup sundried tomatoes
1 (30g g) Crackers

Recipe Directions for Smokey Mozzarella Broccoli Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and make sure the oven rack is placed in the middle of the oven. In a large pot, bring the water for the pasta to a boil. Stir in one tablespoon salt and the broccoli. The broccoli cooks quickly so stay close! Cook the broccoli for 1 minute, until it is bright green. Quickly remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon to a plate. Return the water to a boil and add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 1-2 minutes less than how you would eat it normally (it will cook a bit more in the oven while baking). Drain the pasta in a colander and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Leave it in the colander and set it aside.

  2. Wipe the pot dry. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and return to medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the flour, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the broth and cream; bring to a simmer, whisking often. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and smoked mozzarella.

  3. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the sauce; stir to combine. Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the bread crumb topping. Bake until the casserole is bubbling and the crumbs are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

  4. *The casserole can be prepared in advance with the following steps: after the broccoli is removed from the boiling water, plunge it into a bowl of ice water and cool completely. Assemble the casserole following the directions in the recipe. After the casserole is spread in the prepared baking pan, let it cool for 5-10 minutes before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating for up to 8 hours. To bake, preheat the oven to 375 and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 322.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
473
Calories from Fat
173
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
19.2g
30%
Saturated Fat
7.1g
35%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
135mg
45%
Sodium
611mg
25%
Potassium
804mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates
39.2g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3.3g
13%
Sugars
4.6g
Protein
35.9g
Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 121%
Calcium 14% Iron 23%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • High in niacin
  • Very high in vitamin C
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