Sheet Pan Pasta Bake with Chicken and Kale


12 ounces short pasta, such as gemelli or penne
Kosher salt
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 cup grated Parmesan (about 3 ounces), divided
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 bunch curly kale, ribs and stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
1-pint cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 cups shredded cooked chicken (from 1 [2 1/2-pound] rotisserie chicken) You can omit chicken for a vegetarian option. 
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (about 6 ounces), divided


1. Arrange a rack in top of oven; preheat to 450°F. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, mix panko, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl.
Toss kale and tomatoes with 1/2 tsp. salt and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot. Add sour cream, mustard, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, and remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan and 1/2 tsp. pepper; stir until smooth. Stir in chicken and 1 cup mozzarella, adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until evenly coated. Transfer to sheet with kale and tomatoes and toss to combine. Top with panko mixture and remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.
4. Roast pasta mixture until cheese is melted and the top is lightly browned, 5–7 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious
Cook Time: 35 min