- 350g pasta shells or quills
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 200g broccoli, cut into very small florets and the stems thinly sliced
Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…
- 2 tbsp olive oil
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'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
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.
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.
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.
Mix the spring onions, cheddar, garlic and almonds for the topping and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
Making it different
Instead of chicken and broccoli, try using cubed ham and green beans.