Today I was craving for some greens and pasta, so I decided to come up with a casserole. I’ve never made a casserole before, but in my head with all the ingredients I wanted to cook with, it seemed to be good! While prepping, I decided to add some ginger into the dish and I’m very happy that I did. Because this is ended up becoming an important ingredient for tying all the flavors together, creating a sweet aroma and the perfect combo with spiciness.
P.S: I think this works better with Monterey Jack cheese and zucchini. I did not have any during the time. So I substituted the cheese with Parmesan and zucchini with cucumber.
- half a box of bowtie and fusilli pasta
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced into strips
- handful of dried shrimp
- handful of dried and sauteed onions
- 1 cucumber/zucchini, sliced
- 1 1/2 cup broccoli, cut
- 1/2 cup corn
- half a ginger, minced
- sriracha sauce
- lemon pepper
- onion powder
- basil leaves
- Himalayan salt (regular salt will be okay too)
- Monterey Jack cheese
- crushed red pepper
- casserole pan
Preheat oven 350F.
n a small bowl with chicken strips—- mix together the amount of sriracha sauce you want, coat chicken with lemon pepper, onion powder, oregano, basil leaves, ginger, crushed red pepper, and sprinkle a teaspoon of salt. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
In a saute pan, 3 tbs. of butter. Then pour in chicken. Once it is medium cooked, put in zucchini and jalapenos, shrimp, and onions. Mix everything and let it cook for 15 minutes, or when chicken is fully cooked.
In the meantime of waiting for the chicken to cook, drain your pasta and let it cool.
After chicken is done, put aside. Apply cooking spray onto your casserole pan. Pour pasta on, top a generous amount of cheese. Afterwards, put a layer of broccoli, and cheese. Then put the chicken on, corn, and add another generous amount of cheese. Cover with aluminium sheet and put it in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes.
Optional: you can garnish the casserole with cilantro, a tad of black ground pepper, and fresh lemon juice.