Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

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(103 ratings)

Ready in about 40 mins

Easy

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:

  • kcal665
  • fat27g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.42g
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Ingredients

  • 350g pasta shells or quills
  • 200g broccoli, cut into very small florets and the stems thinly sliced

    Broccoli

    brok-o-lee

    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 175g chestnut mushroom, 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

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 85g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50g flaked almond

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.

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Comments (109)

mother_ship's picture
4

This went down well in my house too, with my 2 kids and 2 visiting kids, a couple of them picked out the mushrooms, but otherwise cleared their plates. The OH liked it as well. Result!

hannahsierp's picture
5

I made this for my boyfriend and he adored it. He gave it a nine out of ten (high praise indeed!)

I used lots of almonds and creme fresh. And wow, the Boursin cheese is amazing. Thanks so much!

lynettekotze's picture
4

Easy to make and delicious. the sauce with the boursin cheese is just awesome.

juliebahrain's picture
5

Made this twice recently, the second time without the chicken for my son's vegetarian girlfriend, it tasted just as good. Also changed the flaked almonds to pine nuts.

foodie19's picture

This is becoming a favourite with my husband and teenage son! I just double the quantity of liquid required and it solves any question over the pasta absorbing too much! very tasty - thank you!

lindawatson17's picture
5

Loved it!!!!!!!

jaimegeorge's picture

Yummy pasta bake, and simple enough for my 2.5 year old daughter to help make it with me. I added more almonds and cheese on top !

philinbrighton's picture
4

The only reason I cooked this was because I'd had it booked marked for ages and felt bad about deleting it without trying it. I had thirds, it was amazing!

I used low fat creme fraiche and lower fat cheese and it was fine. I don't know if my almonds were a bit old but they weren't amazing. Next time I'd use toasted pine nuts.

The next day it was dissapointing though. Dry and the broccoli had gone soggy.

kandjsykes's picture
4

Great for using up those oddments you have left in the fridge at the end of the week - done this several times and never had the same combination twice. Always goes down well though.

jmistovski's picture
5

was nice - flavourful. used tomatoes instead of mushrooms - worked well

jmistovski's picture
5

very nice. used tomatoes and not mushrooms - worked well.

amcoop's picture
5

Delicious!! My husband wolfed this down and wants me to cook it again as soon as possible. Very easy to make. Can see this becoming a firm family favourite.

caralinec's picture

Sorry - wasn't keen on this one, although my husband liked it. Thought that despite increasing the sauce element and cooking immediately, it dried out somewhat.

byrner's picture

I too have cooked this many times and my son has too.
I agree the sauce gets absorbed. Good idea to double the sauce - I'll try that next time. We all love this dish.

mazmikeimi's picture
4

I have cooked this dish many times and is a favourite with my 4yr old daughter and hers friends. she has helped me to prepare as well. Definetly is a dish that you don't want to prepare to much in advance as the pasta soaks all the sauce up and can end up being a bit dry.

terrorist's picture

i loved this so much it went brilliant with my wife she said it was great and well i went with somthing new as she told me to do an gave me this dish to cook and im always cooking for her because she loves my dishes

maryyem's picture
5

I have made this recipe dozens of times. When my daughter went off to University I put it into a recipe file for her. It freezes perfectly. Now living in Yemen I make it with whipping cream as any other cream is difficult to get. Works perfectly, although I double the sauce quantities, it keeps it more moist, especially if I am freezing it. It is delicious with garlic bread.

rotonda's picture

A delicious recipe I used half fat creme fraiche instead of cream for a lighter meal plus a little white wine as well!!

annie0176's picture
4

A tasty midweek meal, which can be varied as you like - e.g use tuna rather than chicken, add tomatoes, ham or other veg; use pine nuts instead of almonds etc etc.

jorecipes's picture
4

Delicious! Cooked amount for 4 people although only 2 of us. We ate 3/4 of it because it was so good. I ate some as a cold lunch the following day and it was still very tasty.

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