This Holiday season I’m joining hands with Tre Stelle to promote their #RandomActsOfCooking campaign. The goal of this awesome campaign is to encourage people, those that love cooking or miss cooking, to get back into the kitchen over the holidays and cook something for someone else. We would love to have you join in by cooking for someone else either in need or as a completely random act just to say you are thinking of them.
My husband and I recently relocated due to his job. After 30 years of being homeowners, we decided to rent. The move was not easy as we had to downsize significantly, pack up and move to a new city where we did not know anyone. After considerable searching we found a lovely 3 bedroom apartment which would now become our new home. A gentleman named Dickie, who works at the apartment complex made us feel at home right from day one. He is always there for us with a friendly smile and hug ready to help us.
I thought to myself, why not give the gift of food to someone we now consider a dear friend. I was excited to cook up some great comfort food for Dickie as my participation in the #RandomActsOfCooking. Using three of Tre Stelle’s superior quality cheeses, Mascarpone, Ricotta and Mozzarella I made this tasty recipe, Cheesy Chicken Pasta Casserole. This is an easy dish to prepare and can be done in under 30 minutes.
2 1/2 cups penne pasta (uncooked)
2 cups cooked chicken cubed (I used a store bought rotisserie chicken)
1 can diced tomatoes –do not drain (14.5oz size)
1 can tomato sauce (8oz size)
½ cup cream
½ cup Tre Stelle Mascarpone
½ cup Tre Stelle Ricotta cheese
1 cup Tre Stelle Mozzarella sliced
1 cup onions diced
2 tsp. garlic minced
1 tbsp. fresh basil chopped
¾ cup frozen peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. butter
salt and pepper
Preheat oven 350º F
Generously grease 2 qt. size baking dish.
Cook pasta as per package instructions. Set aside.
In large skillet heat olive oil, add diced onions and cook until translucent.
Add minced garlic and cook for an addition couple of minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, cream, Mascarpone and Ricotta cheese.
Heat until cheese has melted and is well combined.
Season with salt and pepper
Stir in cooked chicken and pasta.
Stir in fresh basil and peas.
Pour into greased baking dish, cover with foil and bake 350º F oven for 25-30 minutes.
Remove foil and top with fresh sliced Mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted.
Everyone young and old, take a bit of time this Holiday Season to embrace the spirit of the holidays by cooking a meal for someone else. Your #RandomActsOfCooking will surely make someone feel special during this wonderful time of year. Cooking a meal for someone is an exceptional way to say “You Care”!