Tobins' Tastes: Fresh Takes Pasta Bake

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fresh Takes Pasta Bake

As a couponer, it is great to be able to get a certain product for free or really cheap with coupons. Whenever I can get an item for free, I like to stock up on as much as possible within reason as long as I am not clearing a shelf. Many times I donate items like this but other times we keep them on hand for our own use. 

If you are a couponer, than you may have a fridge full of Kraft Fresh Takes from the last few weeks of Publix sales and deals. While I love using them for their intended purpose (breading chicken and fish), we have been trying out new ways to cook with them. When I saw this sun dried tomato spaghetti from Cozy Cakes Cottage, I knew it was something we could work with. 

What to do with a fridge full of Fresh Takes?

Justin and I love easy pasta dishes and this meal is as easy as it gets. We adapted the original recipe to use what we had on hand and the Fresh Takes made for a perfect crunchy topping that only added to the flavor of this pasta. This pasta seems like it could be adapted to use whatever you have at home and want to throw on in.

On a side note, I am in no way writing this post in any connection with Kraft Foods nor am I being reimbursed in anyway for using this product. I just happen to have close to 15 packages of them that I got for free with sales/coupons and needed to start making some room in my fridge/freezer : )

Fresh Takes Pasta Bake
  • 1 package of spaghetti (we used whole wheat because it's what we have on hand)
  • olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded/chopped up ( I had a bag of left over shredded chicken in the freezer and I just used that)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (we used low sodium)
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk, again because it's what we had)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (we just used the kind in the bag that were BOGO at Publix a while back)
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese (or any kind you like)
  • 1/2 the package of Kraft Italian Parmesan Fresh Takes (or any blend you prefer)
1.) Boil spaghetti to al dente, drain and set aside. I toss it with a little olive oil so it doesn't dry out or stick together.

2.) In a large sauce pan, melt butter and then stir in flour and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in broth and milk. I also added my frozen, shredded chicken to reheat in while I brought the mixture to a simmer. Simmer until the mixture thickens up.

At first, I thought it was too thin but it thickened up quickly.
 3.) Stir in peas and sun dried tomatoes (or any other veggies of your choosing).

4.) Add spaghetti to the pan and toss until completely coated. Transfer mixture into a lightly sprayed baking dish.

5.) Top with shredded cheese. Then top with Fresh Takes mixture until completely covered.

I went a little lighter on the cheese but feel free to add as much as you like : )

Topped with the Fresh Takes mix of cheese and breadcrumbs
6.) Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and nicely crispy.

Try to let it cool down before you dig in.
Can you tell we liked it?

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  1. This looks amazing! I've never seen that chicken before, but I'll keep an eye out now. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

    1. Fresh Take does not include any chicken. It is just cheese and breadcrumbs. It's a ripoff at $2.79/pkg.

    2. You're right, Fresh Take doesn't include chicken. However since I was able to get a lot of packages for free with sales and coupons, it was perfect for me. You can always make your own version of it at home using bread crumbs and shredded cheese.

  2. Oh my! That looks wonderful - I love anything with spaghetti. Looking forward to following your coupon adventures!

  3. How funny! I just found and commented on your blog yesterday and then saw you link to me on this post:) I'm glad the recipe with variations worked out for you--I haven't seen the Fresh Bakes, but will have to look for them.

  4. Oh my, that looks so good!!

  5. That looks really good! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.

  6. Looks yummy! I could use some pasta right now. Thanks so much for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  7. This looks like a great pasta dish, Kaylee! Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. This looks delicious! I Would love to have you link up to my 2 carnivals today.... (anything food related) and (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

  9. That looks so good. Can't wait to try this recipe. I am a new linky follower. Maybe you could stop over and follow me back. Have a wonderful weekend! Diane ~

  10. This sounds like a great dinner!!! I love making different kinds of pasta bakes, and am always looking for new recipes to change it up a little bit! Thanks for sharing yours!

  11. This is a great meal. Could you prepare it and put it in the freezer? Just a thought because I love all the ingredients you have used.

  12. I definitely think you could freeze this. I was thinking of doubling it up next time I make it and freezing the second one : )

  13. SO simple... I love it! thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesdays... You will be featured in this weeks party! Come check it out Monday night when the party opens. Please grab a NEW featured button.

  14. I've never seen this Fresh Take product but your pasta looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share.

  15. YUM! I love the peas in this dish. I am always trying to sneak vegetables into my recipes! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  16. Looks good. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose @

  17. I have an abundance of pasta that would work perfect with this recipe. Thanks

  18. My MIL & I were just talking about these fresh takes packages! She was raving about how much they love them! This pasta looks great and looks like great way to use the fresh takes instead of just breading meat! Pinning :)
    Thanks for sharing this at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!


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