Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Here’s another great recipe from Amanda.  Her recipes are designed family friendly to help take the edge off the evening strain. 

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ONE OF THE BEST PASTA BAKES YOU WILL EVER MAKE!!  It is not the healthiest but the flavours are a match made in heaven and I can’t wait for you to try this.  I would eat this every night if I could and my family wouldn’t complain (well…. initially they wouldn’t but they might after 2 weeks of it LOL!).

Kalamata olives are a great addition but you can use whatever ingredients suit your family. 

This recipe is one of many from my cookbook ‘Food before 5’.  Please check out my blog for other great recipes – www.foodbefore5.blogspot.com.

Prep time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 25mins or 40mins

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

CHICKEN PASTA BAKE

Ingredients

400g dried pasta
500g chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
100g bacon pieces
3 cloves garlic, crushed
120g baby spinach leaves
600ml cream
3 Tbspn tomato paste
150g semi-dried tomatoes,  diced
2 cups grated cheese
salt & pepper 

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to packet directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, fry chicken, bacon & garlic in a frypan over high heat until chicken is just cooked through.
  3. Drain pasta & return to saucepan. 
  4. In a jug, add tomato paste & cream together.  Stir to combine.  Add this to the pasta along with the chicken & bacon mixture, spinach, semi-dried tomatoes & 1 cup of grated cheese.  Toss until combined.  Season with salt & pepper.
  5. Pour mixture into a large baking dish & top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  6. Cover & refrigerate until required.

Cooking

  1. Preheat oven to  200oC. Cook, covered for 30 mins. Then uncover & cook for a further 10 mins. If cooking immediately after preparing, reduce cooking time to 20 mins covered, with a further 10 mins uncovered. 

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Chicken Pasta Bake
ONE OF THE BEST PASTA BAKES YOU WILL EVER MAKE!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g dried pasta
  2. 500g chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
  3. 100g bacon pieces
  4. 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 120g baby spinach leaves
  6. 600ml cream
  7. 3 Tbspn tomato paste
  8. 150g semi-dried tomatoes, diced
  9. 2 cups grated cheese
  10. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to packet directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, fry chicken, bacon & garlic in a frypan over high heat until chicken is just cooked through.
  3. Drain pasta & return to saucepan.
  4. In a jug, add tomato paste & cream together. Stir to combine. Add this to the pasta along with the chicken & bacon mixture, spinach, semi-dried tomatoes & 1 cup of grated cheese. Toss until combined. Season with salt & pepper.
  5. Pour mixture into a large baking dish & top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  6. Cover & refrigerate until required.
  7. Preheat oven to 200oC.
  8. Cook, covered for 30 mins. Then uncover & cook for a further 10 mins. If cooking immediately after preparing, reduce cooking time to 20 mins covered, with a further 10 mins uncovered.
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Post written by Amanda Arnold

My name is Amanda and I am mum to 3 young kids and author of a new cookbook called ‘Food before 5’. 

‘Food before 5’ is a cookbook with 85 recipes that are easy, affordable and realistic for any home cook. It includes lunch boxes, starters & sides, main meals and desserts that can all be made ahead of time. It is the perfect tool for busy families with that afternoon school rush, people that like to cook in bulk and freeze, students learning to cook and basically anyone who loves simple, tasty recipes. 

‘Food before 5’ is only $19.95 (free post) and available from www.foodbefore5.com.au.  Please also check out my facebook page www.Facebook.com/foodbefore5.

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Amanda started on this journey when her 3rd child was born, and feeding a family of 5 became even more of a challenge with three children under 3 1/2 years of age! She started working on a list of recipes that were simple and affordable that she could make ahead of time so she wasn’t stuck in the kitchen at 5pm when the household duties kicked up a notch. Amanda’s goal is to create simple meals that anyone can cook and enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen. Her recipes are perfect for that busy weeknight dinner, snacks to fill the lunch boxes or for students learning to cook. It’s simple home cooking at its best to free up your time to enjoy the fun things in life — your kids! Check out her cookbooks at www.foodbefore5.com.au and her Simple Home Cook Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/foodbefore5

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