Baked Penne with Chicken & Kale + Microplane Giveaway

by Shawnda on January 10, 2012

in Chicken & Poultry,Giveaways,Lighter & Healthier,Pasta, Rice, and Grains,Veggies & Starches

Baked Penne with Chicken and Kale

How do you get a 2-year old and a slightly-reformed veggie hater to eat leafy greens? You add pasta.

It never fails.

Baked Penne with Chicken and Kale

We’ve set a couple of goals this year, one of the big ones – and probably the most difficult one – is to eat more plants. There’s a direct correlation between the size and shade of a green vegetable and the severity of the scrunchy-nose-and-wrinkled-brow face that I get when I’m planning our dinner menu. The more identifiable the vegetable or the darker the green, the scrunchier the face. (And scrunchier is totally a word. Now.)

But grate some of those objectionable vegetables into small pieces and mix that scrunchy face-inducing green with pasta, a little cheese, and just a little meat to accent the dish (there are few meatless meals wouldn’t cause a revolt in this house) and you’ve got a healthy pasta dish that’s a winner among veggie lovers and haters a like.

And my favorite bite is that first one, the one loaded with the top layer of slightly crispy pasta and cheese.

Microplane Grater Giveaway
Image used with permission

Update: The winner is Emily B with comment #46!

And for the giveaway: it’s a 4-piece set of Microplane graters from BigKitchen.com!

The blades on each Microplane grater are designed for a specific food/task:
– Spice grater (nutmeg and cinnamon sticks)
– Hard cheeses and carrots (and it’s great for chocolate, too!)
– Soft cheeses and potatoes
– Citrus, garlic, and ginger

A great set of high-quality tools to use for any recipe that requires you to shred, zest, grate, or mince ingredients. To enter, head over to The Big Kitchen Store to see what they have to offer and then share with us in the comments: What kitchen tool is at the top of your must-buy list?

The fine print:
– One comment per person. You can earn two extra entries by:
– Leaving an additional comment that you like Big Kitchen on Facebook.
– Leaving an additional comment that you follow Big Kitchen on Twitter.
– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (Texas time!) on 1/14.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generators and announced on this post on 1/15.
– Winner will receive a 4-piece Microplane grater set directly from BigKitchen.com (maximum total retail value of prize $50).
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

Baked Penne with Chicken and Kale

In addition to the giveaway, if you find something you like at the Big Kitchen Store, they have offered a 10% discount on all orders through 1/31/12! Simply use the promo code FOODIEBRIDE when you check out!

Baked Penne with Chicken and Kale

Kale transforms this pasta dish into a healthy one-bowl dinner.

Ingredients

  • 13.25 oz box penne pasta (I use Dreamfield)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 bunches kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 48 oz ricotta (I used half part-skim and half fat-free)
  • 1 tsp Tobasoco (or other hot sauce)
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 oz Parmesan, finely grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover chicken, shredded (I used 1 chicken breast)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Drain the pasts and return it to the pot pot.
  4. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high.
  5. Add onion and red bell pepper, cooking until softened (~5 minutes).
  6. Add grated carrot and garlic, cooking another 2 minutes.
  7. Add kale, toss, and cover, turning off the heat and letting sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer to the pot with pasta.
  9. Stir in ricotta, lemon zest and juice, hot sauce, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and chicken.
  10. Season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to a 13x9 or large dish.
  11. Top with remaining Parmesan. Bake until bubbly and the top golden brown, 30 minutes.

Notes

Yields: 10 servings

Adapted from Everyday Food

Estimated time: 50 minutes

Note: I used Dreamfield penne and calculated the nutritional info based on such. If you use a different pasta, your mileage will vary.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 338.0 | Fat: 8.4g | Fiber 5.4g | Protein 26.1g | Carbs 19.0
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 6

This giveaway is sponsored by BigKitchen.com.

FacebookTwitterTumblrShare

{ 234 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amy marantino January 10, 2012 at 12:31 am

i really need a spice grinder

Reply

2 Meg January 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

I’ve been dying for a silpat, although there are many things I could use!

Reply

3 Jen January 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

Although not very exciting, I need to buy a new candy thermometer, maybe something like the TAYLOR TRUTEMP CANDY & DEEP FRY DIAL THERMOMETER. I noticed my old one acting up over the holidays and nearly lost of few batches of toffee as a result. However, after browsing through their site I wouldn’t mind one of those cool digital thermometers either!

Reply

4 Junglewife January 10, 2012 at 5:05 am

That recipe looks amazing! and I think I definitely need a 14-cup Cuisinart food processor from the Big Kitchen Store!

Reply

5 Junglewife January 10, 2012 at 5:06 am

I like Big Kitchen Store on FB!

Reply

6 Leslie January 10, 2012 at 5:20 am

A food chopper!

Reply

7 VanessaMeryl January 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

Top of my list is a nice colander and an immerssion blender!

Reply

8 Lindsay January 10, 2012 at 6:12 am

I’ve been on a pineapple kick recently so a pineapple corer/slicer would be helpful.

Reply

9 Katrina January 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

Yum! My top “to-buy” kitchen tool is a big cookie scoop. Seems weird, but I keep forgetting to buy one!

Reply

10 Francesca January 10, 2012 at 6:20 am

KitchenAid Stand Mixer, off-set spatula.

Reply

11 Amilia @justeverydayme January 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

Oh so many! A kitchenaid (haha), a silpat, and a microplane grater! :)

Reply

12 Megan January 10, 2012 at 6:25 am

So many wonderful options. I think I would buy some new soup crocks, graters and a new thermometer.

Reply

13 abbi January 10, 2012 at 6:25 am

I could use a food processor…mine died and just have a little mini one now! But, a set of graters would be nice too. :-)

Reply

14 Katie Rose January 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

An immersion blender!

Reply

15 Erica January 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

We got quite a few tools off our must-buy list for Christmas, but we still don’t have a box grater!

Reply

16 Molly January 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

I need a waffle maker…yes, I NEED one!!!!!

Reply

17 Lacy January 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

I must have a food processor!!!

Reply

18 Aimee January 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

I recently started reading your blog, which I found through Annie’s Eats. This recipe and picture make my mouth water. I cannot wait to try it. Thank you for the kitchen inspiration.

Reply

19 Eva @ Eva Bakes January 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

I still don’t have a food processor… ack!

Reply

20 Jen M O January 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

I would like to have a potato ricer.

Reply

21 Jen M O January 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter.

Reply

22 Jen M O January 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook.

Reply

23 Bree January 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

I really need a big item…a dutch oven!

Reply

24 Margaret Barry January 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

i would love to have the krups grill and panini press.

Reply

25 Margaret Barry January 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

i like big kitchen on FB.

Reply

26 Amy @ The Nifty Foodie January 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

A pasta roller is my latest “want” in the kitchen. I was hoping to grab one up for Christmas, but BB&B is sold out (and I have credit to burn, darnit!). :-P

Reply

27 tiff January 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

I looked at their site and they have a cute pink Silicone and Stainless Steel Mixing Spoon. I only have one spatula and this one looks nice!

Reply

28 Megan January 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

A KitchenAid Mixer!! :)

Reply

29 Demitria January 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

I really need new mixing bowls!! I just can’t seem to find the right ones for me!

Reply

30 Laima January 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

A new food processor. The old one is definitely showing signs of age…

Reply

31 savannah s January 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

no contest: a food processor. i’m dying for one but they’re so expensive!

Reply

32 Jess E January 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

I’d love a potato ricer. I’ve got a masher that works out fine, but there’s just something about potatoes that have been through a ricer…

Reply

33 Tina @ mylifeasamrs January 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

I lost the blade on my garlic zoom & desperately need to buy a new one! It’s at the top of my list this minute (but it changes often b/c I’m a compulsive kitchen gadget buyer)! ;)

PS- Shawda, your photos have gotten… IN.SANE. (and I mean that in a really good way!) – They are STUNNING!

Reply

34 Sarah S January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

I think I finally need to get a Silpat.

Reply

35 heather January 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

We put the cooktop on the island in our new home, and we’re realizing there’s no place to put a recipe. Our most-wanted item at the moment is a cookbook stand!

Cheers,

*Heather*

Reply

36 Laura K. January 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

Believe it or not…I need a microplane! I laughed when I saw this…:)

Reply

37 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef January 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

actually, right now i really need a microplane (or 4) because mine broke! sad day :( but i’d also love more silpats from big kitchen.

p.s. i love the crispy bites of pasta too! husband thinks they’re gross=more for me!

Reply

38 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

i like big kitchen on facebook.

Reply

39 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

i follow big kitchen on twitter.

Reply

40 Erica January 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

I have been dying to get a KitchenAid Stand mixer. They are amazing!!!

Reply

41 Carrie @CarrieAndJonathan.com January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

I could really use a new kitchen scale. Mine is no longer reliable. I like the Soehnle White Ultra 2 Digital Kitchen Scale. Or I could also really use a REALLY good candy thermometer. Does anyone have one they love and could recommend?

Reply

42 Gwyn January 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

I need some more storage bowls.

Reply

43 rou-jia January 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

food processor!

Reply

44 Vicky January 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

I would love to own a juicer!

Reply

45 Kari January 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

I need a new veggie peeler. The one I have now is awful.

Reply

46 Emily B January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am
47 Emily B January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

Also I liked them on FB

Reply

48 Emily B January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

And I follow them on Twitter

Reply

49 angela January 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

i like big kitchen on FB

Reply

50 angela January 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

i could use a food processor or some new small kitchen gadgets.

Reply

51 Jaclyn January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

I was just zesting blood oranges the other day with a crappy grater and was thinking how badly I need a real microplane. So that’s #1 on my kitchen wish list right now!

Reply

52 Jaclyn January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

I liked BK on facebook

Reply

53 Jaclyn January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

and followed them on Twitter :)

Reply

54 Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink January 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

I really want a mandolin!

Reply

55 Kaitlin January 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

At the top of my list is actually a microplane!

Reply

56 sthompson January 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

A cast iron dutch oven! We always find recipes that use one…

Reply

57 Heather @ Kids in the Sink January 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

I REALLY want a food processor!

Reply

58 Rachel January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’ve been really wanting a mandoline. This giveaway also comes just as my beloved microplane zester broke, so I’ve been wanting another one of those!

Reply

59 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

Haha, I totally agree – pasta and cheese can get my kids to eat anything :D The top of my list? What I’m going to buy soonest are some mixing bowls because I’ve broken so many lately. But a stand mixer is the top of my list for most expensive tool that I will get one day :D

Reply

60 Kaitlin January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

I liked Big Kitchen on Facebook.

Reply

61 Amanda January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

Um, this is kind of embarrassing, but I need a garlic press. It has remained at the top of my must-have list for about 2 years. And in those 2 years I have bought many things. None of them were a garlic press. Mystery.

Reply

62 Kaitlin January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter.

Reply

63 Kelly Schwarck January 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

I should probably get an immersion blender!

Reply

64 Regina January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

I didn’t know they made different sized microplane graters. I’m kind of excited. I have one and I use it for everything. Parmesan, chocolate, nutmeg, ginger, garlic, zest…

Reply

65 Ashley L January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

I would love a silpat, or one of those small food processors for chopping small things!

Reply

66 Angie (Sweet Natured Treats) January 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

I really need a new immersion blender. Mine is on it’s last leg.

Reply

67 Angie (Sweet Natured Treats) January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter

Reply

68 Angie (Sweet Natured Treats) January 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook

Reply

69 Stacey January 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

I really need some onion goggles. I spend way too much time crying over those things. :o)

Reply

70 Joanna F January 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

Microplane graters!

Reply

71 Renee January 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

This recipe looks amazing. I love my microplane grater & use it for zesting citrus and grating cheeses.
I would love to get a mandoline or a variety of whisks from the Big Kitchen store.

Reply

72 elaine January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

my dream appliance is the kitchenaid stand mixer, but after making key lime meringue cupcakes yesterday by grating limes with a box grater, i know i need a microplane too!!

Reply

73 elaine January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

i like big kitchen on twitter! twitter id: elaine633

Reply

74 The Home Cook January 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

I’d love a spice grinder.

Reply

75 Lexi January 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

The Cuisinart Electric Griddle looks like fun.

Reply

76 Angela @ bayleafandbeijinhos January 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

I’m obsessed with my Ninja food processor! I must by a KitchenAid mixer though!

Reply

77 Margaret January 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would love a Silpat liner, but a Microplane grater is also at the top of my gadget list!

Reply

78 Kassie January 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’ve been DIEING for a waffle iron and LOVE this one: Cuisinart Stainless Steel 6-Slice Traditional Waffle Maker

Reply

79 Abbey January 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

I am almost desparate for a Silpat — I oogle them everytime I see them!

Reply

80 Abbey January 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

I follow Big Kitchen on twitter.

Reply

81 Michelle January 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

So I finally got a Kitchen-Aid mixer for Christmas (yay!!) so the next thing on my “must buy” list is a new food processor!

Reply

82 Lisa January 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

the new kitchenaid! I want one so badly!

Reply

83 Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet January 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

I drool over waffle makers, Silpats and Microplane zesters!

Reply

84 Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter!

Reply

85 Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’m a fan of Big Kitchen on FB!

Reply

86 candace January 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

the top kitchen tool on my list currently is a pepper mill! my last one broke :(

Reply

87 candace January 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

i like big kitchen on facebook!

Reply

88 candace January 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

i follow big kitchen on twitter :)

Reply

89 MicheleB January 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

I could use a good pastry brush, or a new rolling pin, or a jelly roll pan.

Reply

90 natalie (the sweets life) January 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

ooh i would love a microplane!

this dish reminds me of a similar baked pasta in cooking light that I’ve been dying to try! yum!

Reply

91 Jeannette January 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

i definitely would like a silpat. it has been on my list for years and i still haven’t taken the leap. but this NATURAL BAMBOO WOOD KITCHEN BAKE FRENCH ROLLING PIN has also been on my list for a while ;)

Reply

92 kristin January 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

I really want the ‘spatula blade’ for my kitchenaid mixer.

Reply

93 kristin January 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

I liked Big Kitchen on FB.

Reply

94 Gaby January 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

A pasta strainer, haha! I still don’t have one.

Reply

95 Jey January 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

I’ve been eyeing a mandolin slicer for quite some time now.

Reply

96 Ify January 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

A kitchenaid mixer is on the top of my list!

Reply

97 Ify January 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

I follow you on twitter.

Reply

98 Melinda January 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

A microplane, believe it or not, and a kitchen scale!

Reply

99 Melinda January 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook!

Reply

100 Melinda January 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

I follow Big Kitchen on twitter!

Reply

101 Lauren January 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Since I’m trying to be healthier this year tops on my list is a collapsible veggie steamer basket. I’d love to have those graters :)

Reply

102 Lauren January 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I follow @bigkitchenstore on twitter!

Reply

103 Lauren January 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

And last but not least I also like them on Facebook :)

Reply

104 Melissa January 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

This looks great. I love baked pastas. I find that my toddler will be willing to eat veggies if it is in soup form. Yesterday he was gobbling up all the onion, celery and carrots in my chicken soup, but find a tiny piece of onion or garlic in my bolognese and the party is over! “I no like that!” Off the subject of toddlers-a food processor would be nice!

Reply

105 Sara January 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Silpat mat!

Reply

106 Danielle R January 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

A microplane is actually one of the things on my list that I’d love to have in my kitchen! But also, at the very top of my list is a muffin tin…I don’t have one!! there’s definitely plenty of other kitchen supplies I’d loooove to have too! but those are at the top :)

Reply

107 Andrea O Kendrick January 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

A top of the line mixer such as the Kitchen Aid Artisan Series KSM150:
http://www.bigkitchen.com/product/KitchenAid-Artisan—–Series-Empire-Red–507776/Appliances-Blending_and_Mixing
I’d like in red because that’s what color my kitchen’s going to be when I buy my first house with my new hubby this spring!!! :D

Reply

108 Dawn January 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I would love a cast iron skillet!

Reply

109 Dawn January 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I like you on facebook

Reply

110 Heather January 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I’d like to try a silpat…and these microplanes!

Reply

111 Brandy January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I liked BigKitchen on facebook.

Reply

112 Brandy January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Also now following@BigKitchen on twitter.

Reply

113 Elaine January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Beater blade for my Kitchenaid stand mixer…love the glass bowl too!

Reply

114 Nikki January 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I’m not entering the giveaway, but I had to say that the pasta dish looks amazing! And, for me to get Judah to eat his leafy greens, I add it into hamburger meat. ha! We all have our sneaky methods. :)

Reply

115 emily willingham January 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

i would love to have their ZYLISS 4-IN-1 SLICER AND GATER – wow!

Reply

116 emily willingham January 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I “LIKE” The Big Kitchen on Facebook

Reply

117 emily willingham January 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I “FOLLOW” The Big Kitchen on Twitter

Reply

118 Elise January 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I would love to own a food chopper (like a “slap chop”, haha) because I hate dicing things! But in lieu of that, I think one of the most important tools you can have are good knives! And of course take care of them well too.

Reply

119 Jan January 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I’m really lusting after a mandoline – I’m not sure why I haven’t bought one :)

Reply

120 Emily Arnold January 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

On the top of my list would have to be a full-sized Bosh mixer.

Reply

121 elli January 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

A Dutch oven is at the top of the list.

Reply

122 Becky January 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Silpat baking sheets for sure – they are so amazing! :)

Reply

123 Loretta January 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Kind of boring, but I really need a metal colander. The one I have right now is plastic and nasty!

Reply

124 Nancy Brown January 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I really need a juicer!

Reply

125 Mb January 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

a kitchenaid stand mixer!

Reply

126 Nancy Brown January 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Follow Big Kitchen on Twitter!

Reply

127 Teresa Improta January 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hope I win!!!

Reply

128 Jill C January 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I am in need of a heavy duty pair of kitchen shears.

Reply

129 Deb January 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

A great set of knives… Recipe looks/ sounds yummy…!

Reply

130 Ann P. January 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I would love the Revol Grand Classiques 6oz ramekins, set of 6!

Reply

131 Lindsay O'Connor January 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

It would have to be the kitchenaid food processor. Mine is on it’s last leg and I use it all the time!

Reply

132 Ann P. January 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter!

Reply

133 Ann P. January 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I like Big Kitchen on FB!

Reply

134 TJ January 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Immersion blender

Reply

135 TJ January 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Following on twitter

Reply

136 Amy P. January 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

A silpat mat

Reply

137 Lynsy January 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

My next kitchen gadget will be the Keurig brewer. I’m tired of the “coffee” my office brews.

Reply

138 Elizabeth January 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I really want the meat ginder attachment for my kitchen aid.

Reply

139 Elizabeth January 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook!

Reply

140 Elizabeth January 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter!

Reply

141 Lauren January 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I need a new pizza peel!

Reply

142 Courtney January 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

This looks fantastic!!! I love kale! Do you have any other creative kale recipes??

Reply

143 Pat R January 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I need a new mandolin.

Reply

144 Pat R January 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I already “like” Big Kitchen on FB

Reply

145 Sara January 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I love their stainless steel measuring scoops- instead of regular measuring cups! Thought I could use a Microplane grater!!

Reply

146 beckys January 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Pasta maker attachment for my KitchenAid.

Reply

147 ATLKristen January 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

A rolling pin!

Reply

148 Kristen January 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I really need a candy thermometer!!

Reply

149 Kristen January 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I like you on facebook!

Reply

150 Kristen January 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I follow you on twitter!

Reply

151 Joanne January 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

You NEVER need to convince me to eat my veggies. But you also never need to convince me to eat pasta either. Great dish!

Reply

152 Erin @ Cooking on Whim January 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

So.. I use a grater for zesting? I could use one of the microplanes!

Reply

153 Ali January 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I would love a Le Creuset french oven, in cherry or cobalt :-) I’m sure one will end up on our wedding registry, but with a year and a half to go, it’s going to be difficult to resist buying one myself first!

Reply

154 Stefanie January 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I have been wanting a new box grater with storage.

Reply

155 Melissa January 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Honestly, I’m looking for a microplane grater, or a mandolin. And this recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it.

Reply

156 Amy B January 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I would love to get a waffle maker!!

Reply

157 Kelly January 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

There are so many things I want or need in the kitchen. One tool would be an immersion blender. I feel like I’d be a lot more motivated to make soups (since the warm weather isn’t keeping me inside lately). ;) Not that I’m complaining..

Reply

158 Allison January 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I’m looking for a new hand mixer- our old one died while mixing a batch of cookie dough!

Reply

159 Allison January 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I follow you on Facebook!

Reply

160 Melisa January 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I really need a microplane grater or cookie scoop. Both things that have been on my list forever, but I just haven’t gotten around to buying.

Reply

161 Eileen January 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

A Kitchen Aid mixer!!

Reply

162 Jennifer January 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I really want new salt and pepper mills.

Reply

163 Coleen January 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I would love a Vitamix blender but I will have to wait until my Kitchenaid Blender dies. The plastic has started to crack. I have started to make smoothies and when I add ice it just doesn’t do a great job.

Reply

164 Mia January 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

A microplane grater was on my Christmas list and somehow Santa forgot it! :) So, that is still at the top of my wishlist!

Reply

165 Sharon January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I’d love to get a grain mill!

Reply

166 Sharon January 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I follow Big Kitchen on facebook (Rust Hawk).

Reply

167 Sharon January 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I follow Big Kitchen on twitter @rusthawk.

Reply

168 Maxine January 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I would love a serrated bread knife. The Miracle Blade III that my brother gave me ages ago just doesn’t cut it (har har).

Reply

169 Maxine January 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I follow BK on FB.

Reply

170 Angie R. January 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Wow, my list is long! Guess I would have to go with the big item at the top of my list, which I saw on their web site, a Cuisinart food processor.

Reply

171 Angie R. January 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook!

Reply

172 Angie R. January 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Following Big Kitchen on Twitter!

Reply

173 Patricia Wallace January 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’ve always wanted one of these….PLEASE!!!! <3

Reply

174 Koko @ Koko Likes January 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I want a donut pan!!

Reply

175 Catherine January 11, 2012 at 2:57 am

I really like the squirrel shaped nut cracker.! cute :)

Reply

176 Catherine January 11, 2012 at 2:57 am

I like the Big Kitchen on FB

Reply

177 Catherine January 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

I follow Big Kitchen on Twitter

Reply

178 Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} January 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

Are parchment rounds a tool? Or the Red Staub cast iron dutch oven?? Um, I never knew about this store, and I can’t decide if I feel elated, or doomed! It’s pretty much awesome! Thanks for the intro!

Reply

179 Courtney @Bake.Eat.Repeat. January 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

This looks so good! And will save me from buying/watching decay/throwing out bag after bag of kale. Also, just the sight of freshly grated Parmesan makes me hungry.

Reply

180 Kala January 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

I am in dire need of a silpat and of course a microplane set!

Reply

181 Pamela January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The extra-large granite stone mortal and pestle. I have a molcajete, but would like this for finer grinding, like seeds and spices, or for hand-made pesto.

Reply

182 Monica January 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I am in need of a fruit and vegetable wedger. And a microplane set would be a great addition also!

Reply

183 Monica January 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook.

Reply

184 Jess @ Floptimism January 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I’ve been pining for a mandoline for a while…maybe it’s not totally necessary but it sounds like it would make my life a whole lot easier!

Reply

185 Kaya January 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I would LOVE a bench scraper, bowl scraper, and a cloth piping bag and coupler! ( I have the tips) Thanks!

Reply

186 Brittany K January 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I would love to get these graters, and another thing I have on my list is a popover pan!

Reply

187 Alice January 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I would love to get this: Emerilware White Programmable Baguette and Bread Maker. My old breadmaker has served faithfully for many years but is getting old.

Reply

188 Amanda Miller January 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I’d have to say a mandolin and a juicer.

Reply

189 Dee January 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

silpat mats, I have lust in my heart!

Reply

190 stephanie kramer January 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I like BK on facebook

Reply

191 stephanie kramer January 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

following bk on twitter

Reply

192 stephanie kramer January 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

this looks so good!

Reply

193 Marita January 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

A good cheese slicer

Reply

194 Dee January 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I’d love to own a mandoline, and these graters, too!

Reply

195 Staci January 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I’d really like to get an mandoline cutter. Santa just didn’t come through this time!

Reply

196 Miranda Couse January 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I am saving up for a kitchenaid stand mixer!

Reply

197 Allison C January 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I have been into the idea of mastering tarts so I would want the FRIELING ZENKER NON-STICK 11 INCH TART PAN.

Reply

198 Adrena January 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I would love a spice grinder!

Reply

199 Katie M January 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I need new knives so badly! I keep sharpening my old knives but a really good, new knife is on my list!

Reply

200 LaRonda LaMothe January 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I can really use one of these in my kitchen!

Reply

201 LaRonda LaMothe January 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Following Big Kitchen on Facebook!

Reply

202 LaRonda LaMothe January 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Following Big Kitchen on on Twitter!

Reply

203 OTA Mom January 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I need a lemon zester, the blade on my old one is worn out :(

Reply

204 Cheryl Newton January 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

My baster died recently, may it rest in peace. And I recently selected a new (*much* fancier) one, which The Big Kitchen just happens to carry: the Tovolo Polycarbonate Dripless Bulb Turkey Baster.

Reply

205 Kimiko January 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I really need a pizza cutter and an immersion blender!

Reply

206 Kimiko January 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook

Reply

207 Sharon January 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

A kitchen tool I’d love to have is one of those Lemon/Lime Squeezer juicers. Like this:
http://www.bigkitchen.com/product/Yellow-Enamel-Glazed-Lemon-Lime-Squeezer-Juicer-Orange-497840

Reply

208 Sharon January 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I follow Big Kitchen on facebook.
(Sharon O.)

Reply

209 Sharon January 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I follow BigKitchen on twitter @sharonjo2

Reply

210 Javelin Warrior January 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

This penne bake is amazing and I’ve been inspired to feature it in my Friday Food Fetish roundup. And I’ll be sharing on Pinterest. Please let me know if you have any objections and KEEP IT COMING!

Reply

211 Josie January 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I think a mandolin is next on my list of kitchen things to buy.

Reply

212 Josie January 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook

Reply

213 Josie January 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I’m following Big Kitchen on Twitter too!

Reply

214 Megan J January 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I’ve really been wanting to buy a dough whisk!

Reply

215 Megan J January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I like Big Kitchen on facebook

Reply

216 amy January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I need a new batch of spatulas and spoons!

Reply

217 Julie January 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I could use a new saute pan with a lid… the non-stick coating on mine is JUST ABOUT gone!

Otherwise a larger food processor would be nice… the little tiny one just isn’t getting the job done anymore.

Reply

218 sue January 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I really need an immersion blender, and I can’t figure out why I don’t have one!!

Reply

219 Jade January 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

A silpat!!

Reply

220 Jade January 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I like BigbKitchen on fb!

Reply

221 Josh V January 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Well, I’d love those graters of course, but-

Without a doubt, the top thing to have is a really good (and well-balanced) santoku knife!

Reply

222 Teri H January 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hubby would say that I don’t need anything, BUT I would love to have an ice cream maker attachment for my stand mixer. Or silpat or a pizza cutter or new spatulas or ……. ;)

Reply

223 Stefani January 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

At the top of my list is an immersion blender!

Reply

224 Brandy January 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Wow, we don’t have one of these and need one!

Reply

225 Brandy January 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

follow your twitter (brandylwilson)

Reply

226 Brandy January 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

follow your facebook lynn wilson

Reply

227 Christy January 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Right now I have a very real need for spice storage so I’d love something like the Prodyne 12 Bottle Acrylic Spice Tower CarouselBottle.

Reply

228 Sarah Davis January 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

A heavy duty stand mixer is at the top of my list! :)

Reply

229 Sarah Davis January 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I like Big Kitchen on Facebook.

Reply

230 angela king January 28, 2012 at 7:47 am

i super duper love that you are adding weight watchers points to some of your recipes. brilliant. and this looks so yummy!

Reply

231 courtney August 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

Would this recipe freeze/thaw well?

Reply

232 Shawnda August 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’m never too crazy about thawed pasta – lasagna is an exception. But other pastas seem to get dry.

Reply

233 Nellie Frölich November 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

I’m cooking the baked penne with chicken and kale. I wonder if the quantities of the pasta and the ricotta are correct?! Seems an excessive amount of ricotta for this amount of pasta? Could you please put the metric quantities in brackets with the recipe? Much appreciated. I’m still going to cook the penne but adjust as I see fit. I’m sure it will still taste great. Thanks for the recipe! I’m experimenting with kale as the season for this veg has started here in the Netherlands.

Reply

234 Paula March 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I just made this and there is no way I could have used 48oz Ricotta Cheese. I used 28oz. Is that what you meant?

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: