Best Summer Farfalle Pasta and Chicken Skillet Bake Recipe

2022-07-31 15:13:00 By : Ms. Nancy Li

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How do you make pasta even better? Bake it! Whether it's classic baked ziti, tangles of baked spaghetti, or the creamiest chicken Alfredo bake, baked pasta takes a good thing and makes it better. That's the case with this pasta and chicken recipe, which combines bowtie pasta—that's farfalle to you—with marinara sauce, chicken sausage, zucchini, bell pepper, and spinach. Oh, and a boatload of mozzarella too, which is the key to the crispy, addictive crust on baked pasta.

And since we believe that summer dinners should be both quick and easy, this skillet pasta dinner requires just 8 ingredients (beyond salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil) so you can enjoy more of the good weather. Let the season be your guide to this dish, using whatever you have on hand. Swap in yellow squash for zucchini or poblano chiles instead of the red bell pepper. In place of baby spinach, try kale, collard greens, or Swiss chard. And, of course, any short pasta shape will work in place of the farfalle. Try fusilli, rigatoni, or penne instead.

cooked chicken sausage (any flavor)

medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), sliced into 1/4"-thick rounds

medium red bell pepper, seeded, chopped

(5-oz.) package baby spinach (about 5 packed c.)

fresh basil leaves, torn, plus more for serving

shredded mozzarella (about 12 oz.), divided