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Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

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(116 ratings)

Ready in about 40 mins


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


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

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    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


  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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19th Dec, 2011
iv made this a few times.the whole familly love it and always want is very easy and quick to cook.excellent.
21st Nov, 2011
Yum! Very tasty and filling pasta bake, using half-fat creme fraiche instead of cream makes it a little healthier.
26th Sep, 2011
easy to make and enjoyed by the family!
21st Aug, 2011
Made it with wholewheat pasta and cheated by using a cooked chicken and just added at end of sauce. Next time would use raw chicken and also add sweatcorn as this goes well with wholewheat pasta, chiken and broccoli.
4th Jul, 2011
Made this with wholewheat penne pasta. Very rich and filling but perhaps if a little too creamy and bland. Will try some white wine next time.
23rd Jun, 2011
When I first found this recipe in magazine a few years ago, it had the comment 'best pasta bake recipe ever' and it really is! I have used it on countless occassions on dinner parties to informal family meals and it never disappoints. Have never had to change the ingredients as perfect as they are, however, if you found you didnt have sundried tomato paste but did have tomato puree, it would be fine, wonder if you could substitute creme fraiche for cream but havent tried it!
9th Apr, 2011
Changed the cream to creme fraiche. my husband asked for it again, sure sign it was a success!
30th Mar, 2011
Made this for my fussy children and had ALL empty plates, really tasty. Not overflowing with sauce but I just didn't bake it for 20 mins - I only did grated cheese for the topping, and 10 -15 mins was plenty and didn't dry out the sauce. Will make this one again!
29th Mar, 2011
Brilliant really loved it. Didn't have cream so used philadelphia and some milk.
29th Mar, 2011
Brilliant really loved it. Didn't have cream so used philadelphia and some milk.


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