Jalapeno Popper Pasta Bake

Smoky bacon, spicy jalapeños, and cream cheese baked together with zesty tomatoes, chicken and pasta for a main dish with all of the flavors of jalapeño poppers.

Jalapeno Popper Pasta Bake

Tip: If you like it hot, try Ro*Tel® Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habenero Chiles. If you like it scorching hot, leave the seeds in the jalapeño

Ingredients

  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 8 ounces dry Cellentani pasta, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 3 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  3. Stir together breadcrumbs and butter in small bowl, set aside.
  4. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon, leaving about 1 tablespoon bacon fat in the pan. Add chicken to skillet and season with black pepper. Cook until browned and no longer pink in center, about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in jalapeno, green onion and flour; cook for 1 minute. Stir in undrained tomatoes and chicken stock; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese and 1 cup Cheddar cheese until melted and combined.
  7. Stir in cooked pasta and half of the cooked bacon. Pour into baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese, bacon and bread crumb mixture.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling.
  9. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition Information: 497 calories, 30g Carbs

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Conagra Brands, Inc.