What’s the perfect way to start an Italian dinner party? Pasta, a cheese plate, a caesar salad, or how about we combine all of those into one really delicious appetizer! That’s exactly what I did here in these Chicken Caesar Baked Pasta Cups!
This recipe gives you everything you love about a caesar salad, from the delicious dressing that’s incorporated into the sauce, to the crunch of croutons you get from the bread crumb crust, to the salty parmesan mixed right into the bread crumb topping, it’s a complete caesar salad in the form of creamy, cheesy pasta goodness!
I made these Chicken Caesar Baked Pasta Cups in small ramekins so they could be served individually as an appetizer at an Italian dinner party, or even tray passed at a party with small cocktail forks.
Don’t worry if you don’t already have a dozen ramekins or cocktail forks at home, I partnered up with my friends at World Market to create this recipe and shop for everything I needed at the store. For $20 I was able to get a dozen ramekins and a dozen cocktail forks to create this recipe at home!
I also headed over to their gourmet food section to pick up a ton of the ingredients for this recipe!
Serving this baked pasta dish “appetizer style” turns a delicious dish, into a super cute & tasty start to any meal!
- 8 oz cream cheese (cubed)
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp World Market Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp World Market Sea Salt
- ¾ cup caesar dressing
- 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breasts
- 12 oz World Market Penne pasta
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)
- ¼ cup Italian Seasoned Panko Breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup Romano Parmesan Asiago 3 Cheese Blend Grated Cheese
- 1 cup fresh arugula
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Heat a large sauce pot over medium heat on the stovetop.
Add the cream cheese and chicken broth to the pot. Whisk until the cheese is melted.
Add the garlic powder, black pepper and salt.
Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat or until all of the ingredients are combined and the sauce is creamy.
Add the caesar dressing.
Add the shredded chicken.
Allow the sauce to cook for an additional 10 minutes over low heat.
In the meantime boil a large pot of water and cook the penne pasta for 9-10 minutes, drain, then add to the chicken caesar sauce.
Divide the mixture amongst 9 small ramekins. Top each ramekin with mozzarella cheese.
Combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of each ramekin.
Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and into the oven for 10 minutes.
Turn the oven from bake to broil on high and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to brown the breadcrumbs.
Remove from the oven and top with the fresh arugula.
Serve with cocktail forks and dig in!
This recipe is creamy, cheesy, flavorful and I promise that it will be hard to put that little fork down once you dig in 😉
Some of my fellow blogger friends have also partnered up with World Market to create tasty Italian appetizer ideas, you can check them all out here:
I’m also excited to talk about World Market’s #GourmetGetaway giveaway, which starts today!
Enter online here for your chance to win the grand prize, which includes a culinary trip for 2 to Sorrento, Italy, with stops in Capril and Pompeii, airfare & accommodations provided, as well as an Italian cooking class, city & market excursions and a $1,000 World Market girl card!
In addition, 3 First Prize winners will be awarded a $500 World Market gift card!
Enter between today, August 31, 2015 and October 2, 2015, for your chance to win!
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Be sure to tune into The Chew weekdays on ABC and scroll down to grab the “printer friendly” version of the recipe for Chicken Caesar Baked Pasta Cups to whip up for your next party!
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