Everyone loves a great baked ziti dish. This one adds chicken and cheese for a tasty, hearty meal. Slideshow:  More Casserole Recipes 

Ian Knauer
November 2014

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Recipe Summary

active:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Yield:
6 to 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, then drain.

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  • While the pasta is cooking, in a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium high heat until hot, then whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, until the flour is fragrant, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the milk and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, then bring to a boil, whisking. Boil until the milk is slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in 11/2 cups of the cheddar and the parmesan cheeses until melted, then whisk in the chicken. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Toss the pasta together with the sauce and transfer to a 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake the casserole until the filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve.