Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

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Cooking time

Ready in about 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This dish can be assembled ready for baking a good few hours ahead - and it's all cooked in one pan

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
665
protein
37g
carbs
71g
fat
27g
saturates
10g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
0.42g

Ingredients

  • 350g pasta shells or quills
  • 200g broccoli, cut into very small florets and the stems thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 350g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 175g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 4 tbsp sundried tomato paste
  • 80g pkt soft cheese with garlic and herbs (such as Boursin)
  • 284ml carton single cream

For the topping

  • bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
  • 85g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50g flaked almonds

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan170C. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Throw in the pasta, stir well and return to the boil. Cook for 6 minutes, then add the broccoli and cook for 5-6 minutes more until the pasta is just cooked. Drain well, then return to the pan.
  2. Heat the oil in a wide pan, add the chicken pieces and fry until lightly browned. Tip in the mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute, then stir in the tomato paste, cheese and cream. Gently simmer, stirring, until the cheese has melted to thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the sauce over the pasta, stirring gently until coated, then tip into a shallow ovenproof dish (about 1.7 litre capacity) and level the top.
  4. Mix the spring onions, cheddar, garlic and almonds for the topping and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2002

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sweetp's picture

This recipe is absolutely gorgeous. It is quick and easy to make and the whole family loed it !

gaitskell's picture

Yummy! Used low-fat creme fraiche and light garlic&herb roule, doubled as suggested above. Also substituted sundried tomato paste with harissa paste - gave it a great kick. Still good for lunch the next day - not as much sauce but not too dry.

fruitymuffin's picture
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this is a delicious easy meal in one, i used chicken leg instead of breast and added some courgettes instead of the mushrooms which i browned with the the poultry. Then i used half harissa paste and half tomato puree and omited the sun dried tomato paste. Finally i processed a honey and sunflower seed roll into breadcrumbs for the topping, combined it with the onions and cheese. Instead of boursin i used phili garlic and herb. All the changes made it taste better than the orginal which i have also tried.
Give it a go, its worth it

yellow81cat's picture
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I put in a whole bousin cheese about 160gm was very nice, do not cook for longer than the recommended time, as it can dry up a bit, was lovely.

bernard240's picture
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started with chicken thigh's and good quality pork sausages cut into cubes. fryed off in hot butter and oil with clove crushed garlic.
sauce of equal amounts of philli cheese, good w, wine and single cream plus half grated nutmeg. Fusilli pasta add broccli half way through, drain into buttered dish add chicken, sausage and sauce, wash pan out with slug of wine and add, cover with parmasan leave for 30 mins. Bake or fridge absolute fab. Made for world cup win but lost to better team today. Cheers

ewardman's picture
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Fantastic! So tasty and loved by the whole family.

patbernard's picture

Saw this in the Best 80 dishes book and made it for the first time tonight. Everyone loved it and we will definitely be having it again. Used breadcrumbs instead of almonds (nut allergy). Sauce did dry up (although it was still delicious) - will try doubling the sauce quantity next time.

rebecca1july's picture
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recipe just ok would not make again.

abigail22's picture
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My 18 month old and my 7 yr old (who is a fussy eater) both really enjoyed it! Toddlers need full fat...so gloing light is not an option! Lovely to cook one meal that can be enjoyed by everyone, and so easy and quick to make too.
Wasnt sure on freezing it, as it contains cream...is it safe to re-heat? Be good if this an option as we have lots left over.

Jamrob's picture
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I looooveee this receipe! Ive been making for many years after seeing it a Good food Mag. I find that the amount of pasta is too much, the sauce doesnt coat it and its too dry. Plus I only cook for about 15 mins, again to save drying out. The best sun dried tom paste is Sainsbury's I find. I also left out the almonds.
Don't use any other sort of mushroom, it just doesnt taste right!
Everyone I make it for loves it!

Jamrob's picture
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I looooveee this receipe! Ive been making for many years after seeing it a Good food Mag. I find that the amount of pasta is too much, the sauce doesnt coat it and its too dry. Plus I only cook for about 15 mins, again to save drying out. The best sun dried tom paste is Sainsbury's I find. I also left out the almonds.
Don't use any other sort of mushroom, it just doesnt taste right!
Everyone I make it for loves it!

claireport's picture
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A winner in our house. A great, easy family meal.

jb5370's picture
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Having read all the comments about this going a bit dry, I decided to make it as a basic pasta dish - not a bake. Added the spring onions to the sauce and missed out the almonds, just topped it with parmesan. Fab!

rchampion1's picture
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YUMMY - this is easy to make and very yummy. I used low fat boursin, & low fat Elmlea single cream - aswell as lean diced chicken. I did not use the nuts ontop, instead I crushed tortilla chips with a little bit of grated cheese.

nataliedebastos's picture
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It was fantastic, my husband loved it, and he doesn't even like broccoli

chinagirl0's picture
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This is a lovely simple recipe and absolutely delicious. I've made t many many times and it's always a hit! :)

tracymac81's picture
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i loved this recipe. My whole family loved it. My daughter is a VERY fussy eater but she loved it!
I'm not the greatest of cooks but i found this really simple to make. I love it and it is cracking hangover food too x

traceystevenson's picture
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just had this for dinner ,,although hubby picked out the broccoli coz he don't like it we all though it was gorgeous,,after reading the comments about it being a bit on the dry side i added some of the pasta water to the sauce to loosen it up a bit ,,,will defiantly make this again

evie2468's picture
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Easy to do this is a firm favourite, although better if eaten immediately. I find it does not re-heat well if one of the family is having tea late.

sarahk's picture
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Upped the amount of cream cheese and used half fat creme fraiche (instead of single cream) which i also upped on quantity. As warned the sauce was absorbed far more than I expected and it ended up a bit stodgy (delicious comfort food). I tried to make it fresh and served immediately. Will definately make again (was very popular) but will experiment with ingredients and cooking method to avoid the high absorption rate.

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