CHEESY PASTA BAKE WITH CHICKEN AND BACON

Cheesy Pasta Bake With Chicken And Bacon – a family favourite (and it makes great leftovers too!).

Not a lot can beat a lovely cheesy pasta bake served up with a big side of salad (obviously that makes it healthy…….)

It’s one of those dinners that the kids can polish off in no time – regardless of how many veggies I sneak in there.
Peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach – it all gets thrown in.
Sometimes I’ll add courgette or kale. If I’m being extra sneaky I might add some finely chopped mushroom too (I’m the only mushroom lover in our house – but they all eat mushrooms if they can’t identify them hee hee hee!).

CHEESY PASTA BAKE WITH CHICKEN AND BACON
CHEESY PASTA BAKE WITH CHICKEN AND BACON

CHEESY PASTA BAKE WITH CHICKEN AND BACON

INGREDIENTS

  • 400g (4½ cups) dried pasta shapes (I used rigatoni)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 x 400g (14oz) tins chopped tomatoes
  • 120ml (½ cup) double (heavy) cream
  • 100g (3 packed cups) fresh baby spinach
  • 8 rashers cooked bacon, chopped
  • 100g (1 packed cup) strong cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100g (1 packed cup) mozzarella, grated
  • Small bunch parsley, roughly torn

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c/375f. Boil a large pan of water and cook the pasta for 1 minute less than recommended on the pack. Drain.
  2. Whilst the pasta is cooking, heat the oil on a medium heat, in a large frying pan. Add the chicken, and cook until just sealed – about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the onion is softened. Add the chopped peppers, salt, pepper, garlic, tomato puree, oregano and thyme. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tinned tomatoes and cream, bring to a gentle bubble, then add the pasta, spinach and cooked bacon. Stir everything together, then transfer to a large baking dish.
  4. Top with the cheddar and mozzarella, and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown.
  5. Take out of the oven and top with parsley before serving.

Source

Contact us at admin@gabs.ourmeals.co

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *