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Sunday Suppers: A chicken Parmesan baked ziti the whole family will love

Need a dinner menu that multitasks as hard as you do? The ziti can be made a day ahead and the dessert can be eaten for breakfast the next day.
This is pure Italian comfort food, chicken parmesan translated into a pasta casserole.
This is pure Italian comfort food, chicken parmesan translated into a pasta casserole.Courtesy of Katie Workman/Mom 100

This is Sunday Suppers, a weekly menu of comfort food favorites meant to be lingered over and to help you and your family relax and reconnect.

Imagine this:

“Guys! Get out here, dinner is ready!”

Now this:

“Guys, come to the table, I made chicken Parmesan baked ziti!”

Which do you think would get your gang front and center more quickly?

Sundays are the nights when I want to cook something that’s a sure thing. I like to play around and experiment as much as the next cook … but most Sunday nights I want to make something that sets up my family for a relaxing (read: drama-free) moment at the table. A dish that causes no one to ask “what is THAT?”; a dish that has second helpings built right in.

This is one of those dishes.

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

Chicken Parmesan Baked ZitiCourtesy of Katie Workman/Mom 100

This is pure Italian comfort food, chicken Parmesan translated into a pasta casserole. You can definitely use a purchased rotisserie chicken if you don’t want to cook the chicken yourself. Or use any plain chicken you have on hand, whether roasted, poached, grilled or sautéed. If there are seasonings on the leftover chicken you are using, make sure they are compatible with the Italian flavors of this dish.

You can make this casserole ahead of time, and keep it covered in the fridge for up to a day, then bake it when you are ready. Add another 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time if you are taking it straight from the fridge and putting it into the oven.

Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots with Olive Drizzle

Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots with Olive DrizzlePhoto credit: Cheyenne Cohen

Let’s pair this satisfying casserole with a side dish that is on the lighter side, but can hold its own. Simply roasted vegetables get a salty pop from an olive dressing.

Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana CakeCourtesy of Katie Workman/Mom 100

The beauty of this cake is that with a dollop of whipped cream, it’s dessert, but leftovers feel completely appropriate for snacking later in the week (even breakfast!). A cake for any time of day — that's a cake we can all get behind.

Happy Sunday!


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