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Classic pasta tetrazzini with a fun twist using basil pesto and chicken! This is the ultimately easy pan of comfort food that the entire family will adore.
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Creamy Basil Pesto Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic pasta tetrazzini with a fun twist using basil pesto and chicken! This is the ultimately easy pan of comfort food that the entire family will adore.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 329kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 lb spaghetti pasta cooked according to recipe instructions
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, saute garlic and onion in butter until fragrant and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in flour. Slowly whisk in milk and chicken broth until sauce is smooth. Bring sauce to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in pesto until smooth.
  • Place spaghetti in a 9x13 baking pan and pour half of sauce over top and gently stir to coat. Meanwhile, stir peas and chicken into remaining sauce. Make a well down the center of spaghetti and slowly spoon sauce down the middle. Sprinkle top with cheese and breadcrumbs.
  • Cover pan with foil and refrigerate tetrazzini up to 3 days. (tetrazzini may also be frozen up to 2 months) When ready to bake, remove tetrazzini from fridge or freezer and bake, covered with foil at 350F 20-25 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until breadcrumbs are toasted and filling is bubbly. (if baking directly from the freezer, increase the bake time to 30-35 minutes) Enjoy tetrazzini hot!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.7g | Protein: 21.8g | Fat: 14.2g | Saturated Fat: 7.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 380mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 4.7g