Baked Chicken Bolognese

  • Servings : 24
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The students at North Carolina State University enjoy this lighter version of Bolognese, made with chicken. Bake it ahead of time for easy reheating at service. Substitute Whole Grain or Protein Plus pastas for additional nutrients.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Heat 1/2 cup of the oil in a rondo and season the chicken with 1 Tbsp. salt and the oil. Sear it until golden brown. Finish in a 350-degree oven until cooked through. Let cool and shred the chicken. Reserve the pan.

Step 3

Puree the onions, carrots, and celery. Heat 1/4 cup oil in the chicken pan and saute the mire poix. Season with 1 tsp salt and add the garlic. Cook until it is beginning to brown. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a minute. Stir in the wine to deglaze and let it reduce by half. Add the stock, tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaves and simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the bay leaves and stir in the chicken. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Fold in the cooked pasta and heat it to 145 degrees.

Step 5

Spread the pasta mixture in a 2-inch hotel pan, making the surface evenly smooth. Top it with the cheeses. Bake it at 350 degrees until hot through and golden brown.

Step 6

For each serving, to order: Cut out a square and reheat it as needed. Garnish with parsley.


  • 2 lb. Barilla Ziti
  • 5 lb. chicken thigh filets
  • 1 1/3 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz. diced yellow onions
  • 4 oz. diced carrots
  • 4 oz. diced celery
  • 8 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 5 lb. canned diced tomato
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 oz. fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 lb. grated provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Rigatoni
  • Rotini
  • Ziti
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.