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Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

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(116 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
    Pasta

    Pasta

    pah-stah

    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
    Broccoli

    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

    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

    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 onions

    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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Twinklebum99
12th Apr, 2017
5.05
I really enjoyed this dinner. I read the comments and added a bit more cream cheese. I also added green beans that I had laying around really nice
effney587
16th Mar, 2017
5.05
I love this recipe! Have had it since it was first published in 2002 and it has been used for many an informal dinner party/ get together of all kinds. Have never had to tinker with the ingredients or the quantities and every time I have served it up, it is always eaten with great appreciation and requests for seconds. I never have any left over! It is my ultimate, all time, best ever pasta bake recipe!
Coolkets81
23rd May, 2016
3.8
This is a very easy recipe and I like the fact that it can be assembled in advance. However I do not think the measurements for cream, garlic cheese and sun dried tomato paste is sufficient. After first attempt I doubled them all, reduced the quantity of pasta to 250 grams only, instead added more mushrooms and broccoli which makes it little healthier (less carbs). I added chopped walnuts instead of roasted almonds.
Minxy Ru
21st Jan, 2016
0.05
Awful dish. I only registered with this site purely to review this dish. It's bad. Very dry. I had added extra cream cheese and cream anyway and it still came out dry. Tomato paste made it very odd. Not a very nice family meal.
Aleo
12th Sep, 2015
Took note of everyone's comments and added bacon, used 125g cream cheese instead of the 80g in the recipe and used cook from frozen chicken instead of fresh, which gave more liquid to the sauce. I still found that I had to add extra milk when I re-heated the leftovers though. The whole family loved it so will definitely be making it again.
kwilsea
28th Jul, 2015
3.8
This was so quick and easy to make my 8 year old did most of it. The dish was tasty but I seemed to be missing something. Next time I am going to add some smoky bacon, that should make it perfect.
nanapatsy
15th May, 2015
5.05
This was delicious, even my partner, who's not fussed on pasta, loved it!! :) Thank you.
wldhntress
30th Mar, 2015
5.05
Both my husband and I like this dish, however, I do add extra sauce otherwise it can be a bit dry. Load on the almonds, there really do add to the dish.
Scrumptious68
27th Mar, 2015
5.05
Don't let others put you off! It was very tasty and not at all dry. I used a whole pack of pasta, added a few rashers of smoked bacon, more mushrooms, cheese and paste and it fed 5 hungry adults (including hubby and three sons!) I shall make this again.
lainey coke
22nd Mar, 2015
5.05
I loved this.

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tom1989
3rd Aug, 2015
5.05
Add some diced pancetta instead of the mushrooms if they're not to your liking. Garlic roule was perfect for the soft cheese. I also used sundried tomato pesto rather than regular paste - very tasty.
Scrumptious68
27th Mar, 2015
5.05
Add bacon, extra cheese, paste and cream. I also used more pasta as needed to feed 5 hungry adults as a main course midweek
hifigary
1st Feb, 2015
1.3
Add extra milk to the sauce as it dries out in the oven.