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Penne Sardi

Updated: Jan 28

Baked pasta with chicken, tomato cream sauce, veggies, and a crunchy topping

My mom requested this dish this week: Penne Sardi. It’s a baked pasta dish with tomato cream sauce, chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheese and bread crumbs on top. The dish was always a must for us whenever we would eat at Biaggi’s years ago. Biaggi's was our go-to local Italian restaurant in Deer Park, and they have several locations across the US. We would go to Italian restaurants quite often since my brother only liked eating plain pasta; that hasn’t changed. This explains why I make so much Italian food because it was always our version of a fancy meal, and this dish is just that. My mom loved the meal and I made this for a few friends too...they all went back for seconds. So grab a glass of vino, a fork and dig in…for those wondering no my brother would not eat this!

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4


  • 12 oz GF Penne cooked

  • Salt to taste

  • Pepper to taste

  • 4 chicken breasts

  • 16 oz mushrooms chopped

  • 1 onion sliced

  • 2 T sugar

  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar

  • 1 T ground thyme

  • 2 T garlic minced

  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes chopped

  • 1.5 c heavy cream

  • 1.5 T oregano dry

  • 1.5 T basil dry

  • Parsley dry for garnish

  • 1/3 c GF bread crumbs

  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

  • 8 oz mozzarella shredded

  • 4 T olive oil

  • 1 T fennel seed

  • 3 T GF tomato paste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and roast 30 mins. Let cool a few mins then slice.

3. Heat 2 T oil over medium. Sauté onion 8-10 mins. Stir in sugar and deglaze with balsamic vinegar. Remove.

4. Heat remaining oil over medium. Sauté mushrooms with thyme, salt and pepper for 4-5 mins. Remove.

5. Add tomato to same skillet over medium. Stir in garlic, basil, oregano, fennel seed for 6-7 mins. Stir in heavy cream and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Grease a large casserole or 9 by 13 baking dish. Preheat oven to broil.

7. Combine pasta, chicken, onion, mushrooms, sauce and mozzarella. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan.

8. Broil for 6-8 mins until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and serve.

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