Chic’ Penne

6 servings
For 25 & 50 servings, see Recipe notes below.

CACFP Home Childcare Crediting Information

1 ½ cups provides:

  • 1 oz equivalent meat/meat alternate, ⅛ cup vegetable, and 1 ¾ oz equivalent grains.


Chic’ Penne

3 cups  Penne pasta, whole-wheat, dry (12 oz)
1 tsp  Granulated garlic
2 cups  Fresh broccoli florets
1 cup  Cooked diced chicken, ½” pieces (4 oz)
1 ½ cups  Fat-free half and half
1 Tbsp  Enriched all-purpose flour
⅛ cup  Low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp  Salt
½ tsp  Ground black pepper
½ cup  Reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (2 oz)
½ cup  Low-fat mozzarella cheese, low-moisture, part-skim, shredded (2 oz)

Chic’ Penne Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Gradually stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Do not overcook. Drain well. Toss pasta with ½ teaspoon garlic.
  3. Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli florets and cook for 5 minutes. Drain well. Sprinkle with remaining garlic.
  4. Transfer pasta and broccoli to a medium casserole dish (about 8” x 11”) coated with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken. Mix well.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, mix ½ cup half and half with flour. Whisk to remove lumps.
  6. In a medium skillet, heat chicken broth, salt, pepper, and remaining half and half. Stir constantly. Stir in half and half/flour mixture. Stir constantly and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to low. Stir frequently for 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken. Add cheese and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat. Pour sauce over broccoli/pasta mixture.
  8. Cover casserole dish with lid or with foil. Bake at 350 °F for 8 minutes. Heat to an internal temperature of 165 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds (use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature). Remove from oven. Serve hot.


Source: Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools (USDA).

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