Rustic Chicken Marsala Bake

One of my husband’s favorite pasta dishes is Chicken Marsala. He loves the sauce, the mushrooms, oh, and did I mention the mushrooms. For some time I have been wanting to make this into a pasta bake, one because it is simple to do, is easy on time and beautiful to serve.
When my husband, Jake came home and took a first bite, then a second bite, a third and so on, until I took the baking dish, covered it in foil and mentioned that dinner would be soon.
He loved it and said that this was now his favorite.
Jake, also named the dish, “rustic” because of the chunks of pancetta, mushrooms and the earthiness of the sauce.
I liked this element too.
What is great about this pasta bake is that you can really use any mushrooms or noodles that you have on hand.
We loved it with the portabella because of the larger pieces of mushrooms.
My favorite noodle is fettuccine but the penne worked well with the overall “rustic” theme.
Enjoy my latest pasta bake creation Rustic Chicken Marsala.
Bon Appétit!

Rustic Chicken Marsala Bake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Rustic Chicken Marsala Bake

Chicken Marsala pasta bake, with a rustic twist. Made with portabella mushrooms, penne pasta and marsala wine cream sauce.


  • ½ lb of pasta, I would use penne or fettuccine, boiled to al dente and drained
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup marsala wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 chicken breast, cut in half, grilled and sliced
  • 4 ounces of pancetta
  • 12 ounces portabella mushroom, thinly sliced, you can also use crimini or porcini as a substitute
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped


Heat oven to 350. Spray baking dish; square 8x10 or oval dish, with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed and drain.

Heat olive oil in sauce pan, add pancetta and cook until slightly crispy on both sides. Add mushrooms and garlic, cook until mushrooms are tender. Remove from pan and set aside. Take the pancetta out of the mushrooms and roughly chop then place pack with the mushrooms.

In the same pan melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in Marsala wine and boil for 2-3 minutes to cook out the alcohol. Slowly stir in chicken broth. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in half-and-half, grated cheese, chicken, pancetta and mushrooms.

Add pasta to chicken mixture; toss gently to mix well. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with freshly grated cheese. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until hot in the center and top is slightly golden. You may also broil the top, with the oven on low for 3-5 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Kids review: The kids who tried it, liked it. But because of the “seen” mushrooms, yes this is a vegetable I have to hide, they wouldn’t even consider trying it. Knowing this would happen in advance, I had noodles and homemade marinara ready.

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  1. This looks devine! My husband adores Chicken Marsala and I’ve never tried making it before. Shame on me. I love how you take a traditional dish and make it into a masterpiece. Yummy!

  2. Sandra, this sounds amazing! Im not a mushroom but I like to slide them of to my hubbys plate. I need to try this very soon. I love my pasta!!!

  3. This looks delicious!! Do you think it would hold up well without the chicken? I just love pasta!

  4. LOVE chicken marsala! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. My husband was just looking over my shoulder and said he wishes I made him something like that.

  6. It looks delicious, as always! I wish you this could magically show up on my table for dinner tonight.

  7. This is so beautiful and looks delicious too! I love mushrooms so I know this would be a favorite of mine!

  8. Looks delicious and I’m not a mushroom fan but I’d think about trying this.

    • Jessie – let me know if you do. If you aren’t a mushroom fan I would try it with the portabellas for sure! xo San

  9. You talk about your first bite, then second bite, and third…..gurl, I’d be devouring this the second I saw it! Looks amazing!

  10. Deb Harris says:

    I make traditional Chicken Marsela frequently as it’s one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I can’t wait to try this, Chicken Marsela & pasta how can you go wrong! Looks like a great dish!

  11. Mmmm Mushrooms! I love anything with mushrooms!

  12. I love chicken marsala and this looks amazing! What an interesting and delicious variation of the traditional one!

  13. I love chicken marshals too! Your pictures are making me drool.

  14. Oh my gosh, I did an Italian cooking class once and really screwed up the chicken marsala! This recipe looks amazing! I’m gonna face my fears and try this recipe!

  15. I like this dish! It looks so good, i want to eat the picture..

  16. This sounds great… unfortunately I am allergic to mushrooms, but I make things like this all the time for the rest of my family. Marsala is my MIL’s favorite.

  17. Ok, this is a dish that is right up my alley! It looks absolutely amazing!

  18. I In HEAVEN I Must Make Looks Sooooo Delicious!!

  19. This looks so great! Pinning it for later :)

  20. I LOVE Chicken Marsala Can’t Wait To Make Thank You For Sharing!!

  21. I am not really a mushroom person, but I just want to gobble this right up!

  22. This looks delicious. I’m going to see if my family would like it.

  23. Looks delicious…pinning right now! We will definitely be trying this!

  24. This casserole looks great & I would like the pancetta addition too.

  25. Take out the mushrooms and I’d gobble that up! Haha! It does look delicious though!

  26. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This is one of them meals that makes me so hungry! Thanks for sharing it, I love pasta meals.

  27. I love the pancetta being in there. This is delicious looking!

  28. Your Killing Me Looks So Good!!

  29. oh my goodness. I just ate dinner but this made me hungry again! I will be pinning this one too!

  30. This looks so amazing!

  31. i love chicken marsala recipes! i’ll have to try this

  32. I love the recipe. Big fan of chicken and pasta

  33. I’ve heard soo much about chicken marsala and I want to do it, but always afraid I’m going to mess it up.

    I’m going to jump right in one day thought!

    Thanks for sharing! Looks yum!

  34. Ooh this looks so delicious, I’ll have to try this one!

  35. That looks really good. I love chicken marsala.

  36. What beautiful pictures! This looks so amazing. I’ve never had chicken marsala, but it looks absolutely delicious. I think I might just have to try my hand at it.

  37. This looks so tasty. I just love mushrooms in it!

  38. I like the way you were able to take a classic recipe and put a new and different twist on it.

  39. This is going to win me some Brownie Points at home. Thanks for the great share!

  40. Oh, this is right up my alley! I LOVE chicken marsala, and I have a ton of chicken in my freezer now. SCORE!

  41. I don’t usually like pasta that much, but I think I would love this because of the pancetta and mushrooms. I’m pinning it for later!

  42. looks great, we love chicken marsala and we make it too, I have never seen it made this way before,. Sounds good!

  43. I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms but this looks so delicious, I’d even want to try it with all the cheesy mushroom goodness. – katy

  44. Oh my, this looks incredible. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  45. This looks so good, Sandra. Simple and tasty! My family will love it. Pinned!

  46. I’ve never actually had Chicken Marsala but this looks to die for! I will definitely be trying this recipe!

  47. Making this tomorrow night, will share my pic, hope it looks as good as yours! Love your recipe!

    • Claudia – YAY this made my night! Thanks – will check out your site and follow you, so I can see it! xo San

  48. That looks AMAZING! The flavors together sound like a perfect combo.

  49. Wow! This looks yummy! I’m stopping by from the blog hop & I’m a new follower through Twitter & Pinterest. Happy Wednesday!

  50. This looks incredibly good! I really wish I could take a bite!

  51. This looks fabulous! I love mushrooms too, and so do the boys, so I think this would be a hit in my family!

  52. This sounds great! I love chicken marsala! I’ve never had it like this so I’m definitely going to try.

  53. This looks yummy. never had chicken marsala before. would love to try this some time

  54. This is a very mouth-watering recipe! Your photos are so delicious and I wonder how much more could it be when I see it in real life? Oooh. I hope I can visit your home and take a bite. :D

  55. This looks absolutely amazing! Definitely bookmarking this :)

  56. My family would gobble this up! I saw this at full plate thursday and had to stop by!

  57. I just pinned your fabulous recipe and I can’t wait to taste it! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  58. We all love chicken marsala here. I am pinning this for future reference (soon) – it looks amazing!

  59. This looks sooooo good! I love chicken marsala! Thanks so much for sharing on Wake Up Wednesday!

  60. This is a delicious reinvented dish Sandra.I am enjoying your classic dish redos. My family would like this as well. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party.

  61. This looks so amazing! Pinned!! Chicken Marsala is one of my all time favorites! This will certainly be made in my house! Thanks for sharing at The Mommy Club Link Party!

  62. We love chicken marsala here. This looks so much easier (& yummier!!!) than my recipe. I love that it is baked. This is already printed & I cannot wait to try it! Visiting from The Fri. Flash Blog & am so glad I did. Happy Easter!

  63. This looks amazing! Pinned. Yeah, my son likes most vegetables but refuses to even try anything with mushrooms in it too. Even pizza.

  64. judith Lindquist says:

    This looks great. If I make it for company, is it OK to assemble early in the day and bake later?

    • Yes Judith this will work fine!!! I would maybe add a bit more sauce, the sauce will also be a little thicker. But I love baked dishes for this reason, make a head of time and then bake. xo San

  65. How would this be if I left the pasta out? I want to make this for a dinner party, but I already have another pasta dish… hmmm. Thoughts??

  66. I love love love the title of this blog!


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