Lower Courtyard Gratin with Pasta

This Lower Courtyard Gratin with Pasta is a delicious and easy-to-make meal that will be a hit with the whole family. It’s made with chicken, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, and herbs all baked together in a creamy cheese sauce. Served over hot pasta, this gratin is sure to be a hit.


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces penne or other short pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add onion and mushrooms to the skillet; cook until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  6. Stir in parsley, oregano and pepper; cook for 1 minute more.
  7. Return bacon and chicken to the skillet; stir in tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Spread cooked pasta in an even layer on bottom of prepared pan.
  10. Top with chicken mixture; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  11. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top.

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