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Chicken Kale Caesar Pasta Bake


3 cups grilled chicken, diced or cut into strips
2 cups penne pasta
2 cups kale, rinsed, ribs removed, chopped
2 cups garlic croutons
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2-2/3 cup caesar salad dressing
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Bacon bits, optional

Preheat oven to 350º F and bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

Cook pasta according to packaging directions, or until just al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, toss chicken, pasta, kale and mozzarella together with chicken broth and caesar dressing. Season generously with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, toss cherry tomatoes with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Transfer chicken kale mixture to a 9×13-inch baking dish, then top with cherry tomatoes, if using, and garlic croutons.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese and bacon bits, if using, over the top, then place in oven.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is hot and bubbly.

Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!