Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Chicken Pasta Bake

This chicken pasta bake is cheesy, creamy and comforting. This dish contains everything you need: pasta, chicken pieces in tomato sauce, béchamel sauce and melted cheese. The perfect dish for family weekend family dinner. 


 For the filling:

370g (13oz) Pasta of your choice 2 tablespoons Olive oil 3 Chicken breasts, cut into small cubes 1 Onion, chopped 3 Garlic cloves, crushed 2 Bell peppers, diced 1 tablespoon Tomato paste 400g (14oz) Tomato sauce/chopped tomatoes Salt to taste Black pepper to taste 1 teaspoon Oregano 1 teaspoon Paprika For the béchamel: 6 tablespoons (90g) Butter 3/4 cup (90g) Flour 3 cups (720ml) Milk, warm Salt to taste Black pepper to taste 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg For the topping: 85g (3oz) Mozzarella, grated 85g (3oz) Cheddar cheese, grated Method
1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Prepare large and dip baking dish, set aside. 2. To a large pot filled with water add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. 3. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, add crushed garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes more. Add chicken cubes and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked, about 5-6 minutes. Then add diced bell peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes and turn the heat off. 4. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook to al dente (1-2 minutes less than in the package instructions). 5. Meanwhile make the béchamel sauce: in a large sauce pan, melt the butter, add flour and whisk until smooth paste forms, then cook for 1 minute. Gradually add warm milk, while whisking constantly. Keep whisking over medium-high heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg. 6. Add the sauce to the pasta, the add the chicken mixture. Stir until well combined. 7. Transfer to the baking dish. Sprinkle on top grated mozzarella and grated cheddar. 8. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden-brown and bubbly. Let cool slightly before serving.

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