Feb
20
2013

Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake Plus Giveaway

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Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake by Picky Palate www.picky-palate.com

I am so thrilled to share this creamy pasta bake with you today.  I have partnered with Shirley J to bring you an amazing new product that is about to change your cooking life.  Seriously.  This recipe makes the perfect family meal and is great for bringing to a potluck or party.  Wait until you sink your teeth into the vibrant flavors.  I use Dijon mustard as a major seasoning for the creamy sauce that makes for a perfect pasta bake.

Let me tell you about this product I use for the cream sauce.  Shirley J Whisk Bliss is what it’s called.  It blew my mind at how perfectly  easy to use it is and how amazingly creamy the sauce is.

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So, in a nutshell, Shirley J. Whisk Bliss is a just-add water bechemel/roux sauce.  It replaces items like cream, butter, flour, etc in recipes to make a white sauce. The benefits are that it won’t curdle, lump or scortch which are the most common problems home cooks have with making a roux and bechemel.  The beauty is that you can make any type of cuisine with Whisk Bliss and it takes on different flavors, examples: Thai Peanut Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Corn Chowder, Black & White Chili with Cumin, etc.

Can I just say, I had no idea what to expect when I tried this product and when I prepared the sauce, it literally took minutes and it was thick and creamy just as if I would have made it myself with buttter, flour and milk or cream.  I couldn’t believe it.  Let’s just say I am Shirley J’s newest fan!  Yay for making our lives easier in the kitchen and getting dinner on the table faster !!

Ok, let’s take a look at how to make this delicious pasta bake.

 

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Cook your pasta according to the package directions then drain under cold water.

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Transfer to a nice 5 quart dutch oven pot and set aside for a few minutes.

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Bake your asparagus for 10 minutes until tender.

Veggies

Time to cook the veggies!  Add your zucchini, red pepper, onion and garlic.

Parsley and Thyme

Add some fresh parsley and thyme leaves.

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Add your cooked asparagus.

 

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Add your cooked, shredded chicken breast and season with a touch of salt and pepper.

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Ok, time for Shirley J’s Whisk Bliss.   Bring 4 cups of water to boil.

Whisk Bliss 2

Whisk in 1 cup of Whisk Bliss.

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Bring the sauce to a boil until creamy and thick.  Literally took just a few minutes.  Reduce heat.

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Stir in 3 tablespoons of Dijon or spicy brown mustard.

 

Dijon Whisk Bliss Sauce

Pour sauce into cooked pasta.

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Add the lovely cooked vegetables and chicken.

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Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.

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Top with Parmesan Cheese and it’s time to bake!

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Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake

Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake 30tIngredients

  • 1 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1 cup finely diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 medium cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Shirley J Whisk Bliss Original
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 4 tablespooons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place trimmed asparagus onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes them remove from oven. Once cooled, chop into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain under cold water then transfer to a 5 quart dutch oven or large pot.
  4. Heat olive oil into a large 3 quart skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, red pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir for 5 minutes until slightly softened. Add parsley and thyme, stirring to combine. Add chopped asparagus and stir. Add shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Boil water and whisk in Shirley J Whisk Bliss. Stir and bring back to a boil until thick and creamy. Reduce heat to low and stir in Dijon mustard. Pour Dijon sauce over cooked pasta then add in cooked vegetables. Stir to combine then transfer to prepared baking dish. Top evenly with Parmesan Cheese and bake for 25 minutes until slightly golden. Remove from oven and serve.

Makes 8 Servings
This is a sponsored post for Shirley J however thoughts and opinions are my own.

Giveaway!

To enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. The Winner will receive a $400 Williams Sonoma Gift Card to use towards (if desired) the fabulous 5 Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven that I used to prepare the dish along with a 9×13 inch Emile Henry baking dish that I used as well. We are also giving away a $100 gift card to Shirley J for you to try out their 20+ other products!

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  1. 151
    Judy says:

    I would make mushroom spinach fettuccine

  2. 152
    Heidi Babi says:

    I would definitely make the beef stroganoff – one of my all-time favorite comfort foods!

  3. 153
    Heather says:

    Sausage Gravy!!! Everythng looks so good!

  4. 154
    Genelle P. says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  5. 155
    Dawn says:

    It’s still cold here in Wisconsin so I would make the Taco Soup to warm me up!

  6. 156
    Kristen M. says:

    The Cranberry-Almond Pumpkin bread looks and sounds divine.

  7. 157
    Kristy F. says:

    The italian herb bread sounds wonderful!

  8. 158
    Natalie S says:

    I would make her chocolate brownie cake in a mug!

  9. 159
    Lauren says:

    I want to try the root beer BBQ sauce!

  10. 160
    April B. says:

    I would try Broccoli Cheese Soup. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. 161
    Katie says:

    I would make Pork Chili Verde.

  12. 162
    Jean says:

    I love Willam Sonoma! Its hard not to spend tons in there :o}

  13. 163
    Andrea Smith says:

    I would make the brownies! YUMMY!

  14. 164

    I would make the chocolate chip fudge cookies!

  15. 165
    Sabrina Eaton says:

    Italian Herb Bread sounds fantastic. That’s be my first go.

  16. 166
    Krista says:

    The Mac and Cheese. Yum!!

  17. 167
    Beth says:

    Broccoli cheese soup! It’s one of my favorites and I’m always looking for the perfect recipe.

  18. 168
    Carly Johnson says:

    Looks good

  19. 169
    Kristin Hicks says:

    I’d try the chocolate chip fudge cookies. For sure!

  20. 170
    Jenny says:

    I have 5 kids who love Chile Con Queso. Ive never heard of this product but would love to try them.

  21. 171
    Ericka G. says:

    I would make the Cranberry Almond Pumpkin bread — it was the first recipe I saw and I’m taking it as a sign :)

  22. 172
    Jen says:

    After the pasta bake, I definitely want to try the cheesy asparagus rice. Looks so delicious!

  23. 173
    Mishelle says:

    After your recipe I would try the Alfredo Sauce #2… But I’d definately make yours first! :-)

    Thanks for the chance.

    M

  24. 174
    Megan M. says:

    Oh, that looks so delish! And it could be something I could make, seeing as how I have no clue how to make a roux.

  25. 175
    Jim Kottke says:

    I would make the old-fashioned sausage and gravy recipe. Toast get pretty boring after awhile

  26. 176
    amy pugmire says:

    I would love to try the broccoli cheese soup

  27. 177
    Always Wright says:

    I would make your creamy chicken and dijon pasta. Looks marvelous! What a great giveaway!

  28. 178
    Katie W. says:

    This looks so amazingly delicious!!

  29. 179
    Jessica Rickman says:

    This looks delish, fingers crossed!

  30. 180
    Amy P says:

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try.

  31. 181
    mary fanara coleman says:

    I would like to make the Carrot Cake Cookies

  32. 182
    Amy P says:

    Would definitely make the broccoli cheese soup!

  33. 183
    Marjie says:

    Mac n Cheese for sure! What is better that make and cheese made faster?! All time favorite food!

  34. 184
    Theresa J says:

    After your pasta bake I would make the Asparagus Tortellini

  35. 185
    jessica w says:

    I think I would make the old fashioned sausage gravy since I have been craving that like crazy lately.

  36. 186
    Michelle L says:

    I’d make the creamy broccoli cheese soup. Sounds so comforting right about now.

  37. 187
    Rachel says:

    I’d make the mac and cheese casserole! :)

  38. 188
    Courtney McLaurin says:

    Butter dips!!

  39. 189
    Lily says:

    Holy yummy! That chicken dish looks GOOD! If I won I would definitely make the soft ginger molasses cookies first! :)

  40. 190
    Ger says:

    I would make the Pork Chili Verde #2

  41. 191
    Jen M. says:

    Alfredo sauce- I love alfredo!

  42. 192
    Cathy says:

    So many to choose from but I think I’d try the fudgy peanut butter brownies

  43. 193
    Barbara says:

    This product sounds like a lifesaver – I can see using it to replace the cream soups in casserole recipes. Personally think I would like to try thr Sausage Gravy recipe. Yum!

  44. 194
    naomi says:

    you had me at pasta bake!!! delish as always, Jenny!

  45. 195
    Brandy says:

    I want that pasta so bad now! The broccoli cheese soup sounds amazing.

  46. 196

    I love this idea…makes weeknight cooking very convenient.

  47. 197
    Toni S Turner says:

    I would love to try to make a nice casserole with it as well. Casseroles are pretty easy to make, everyone loves them because they are yummy as all heck, plus, there are always left overs for the next day.

  48. 198
    Amy (@amykhaste) says:

    I am dying to make this pasta.

  49. 199
    Lisa says:

    The Alfredo sauce!

  50. 200
    Marin D says:

    That pasta looks so good. It is only 9 am and I am now starving. LOL. I would definitely make the Broccoli Cheese Soup. I haven’t made a version of it that I like yet.

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