Chicken pasta bake served in a casserole dish

Chicken pasta bake

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(125 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 6

Enjoy this gooey cheese and chicken pasta bake for the ultimate weekday family dinner. Serve straight from the dish with a dressed green salad 

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal575
  • fat30g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.5g


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes



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  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp mascarpone
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips



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  • 300g penne
  • 70g mature cheddar, grated
  • 50g grated mozzarella
  • ½ small bunch of parsley, finely chopped



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  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a pan over a medium heat and fry the onion gently for 10-12 mins. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for 1 min. Tip in the tomatoes and sugar and season to taste. Simmer uncovered for 20 mins or until thickened, then stir through the mascarpone. 

  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Season the chicken and fry for 5-7 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. 

  3. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cook the penne following pack instructions. Drain and toss with the remaining oil. Tip the pasta into a medium sized ovenproof dish. Stir in the chicken and pour over the sauce. Top with the cheddar, mozzarella and parsley. Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown and bubbling. 

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1st Aug, 2020
Kerry Dixon's picture
Kerry Dixon
28th Jul, 2020
Nice, easy family meal that went down well with everyone. Loved the gooey cheesy tomato sauce but we did add extra chili to give it more kick.
9th Jul, 2020
Super easy and tasty. It fed a party of four adults (one very fussy) and two children. Clear plates all round.
bethbiscuits's picture
29th Jun, 2020
It was a pleasant enough meal, but it was lacking something. I will try adding bacon and smoked paprika next time. I can see this dish being a hit with children though .
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Michelle Serena
19th Jun, 2020
Absolutely delicious BUT I had to make a few changes to really get the flavour going. I sliced and seasoned the chicken overnight (salt, pepper, smoked paprika, Dunn’s chicken seasoning and mixed herbs). I fried the chicken with the garlic and onions then added the chopped tomatoes plus a chicken stock pot all in one pan then mixed in the mascarpone at the very end. And lots more mixed herbs on top of the cheese before putting in the oven. Stunning yummmm
bethbiscuits's picture
29th Jun, 2020
I will try your suggestions next time i make this, as I felt the dish was lacking depth
17th Jun, 2020
A winning recipe for a fussy 7yr old. I personally would have liked it a bit Spicer, but it was easy to make and very lovely to eat.
15th Jun, 2020
Just reiterating what everyone else has said- really went down a treat. Super delicious and easy to do! Will definitely be making again.
7th May, 2020
perfect recipe, didn't change a thing. I really enjoyed it for leftovers heated up,
Nicoledanielle89's picture
26th Apr, 2020
Really easy to make and so so so tasty! Will definitely be making this again


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Suzi Donoghue
30th Jul, 2020
Can the leftovers be eaten cold the next day?
lulu_grimes's picture
2nd Aug, 2020
Hi, Yes they could, or you could reheat them easily. Lulu
2nd May, 2020
Can this be frozen?
lulu_grimes's picture
5th May, 2020
Hi, Lulu from the food team here, yes you could freeze this. If you are planning on making it ahead I'd freeze it before baking it. I hope this helps.
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Jane Moldon
27th Mar, 2020
What can I use instead of the mascarpone? We are self isolating so I can't go and get any!
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
6th Apr, 2020
Hello! Esther from the food team here. Other options are the same quantity of full fat cream cheese or creme fraiche. Alternatively you could add double cream. If not you can just leave it out, it'll still work without it and be delicious! Thanks for your question!
3rd Apr, 2020
I'm going to do it with Philadelphia
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Naomi Moir
9th May, 2020
If you change your pasta up for casarecce rather than penne and add 1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes rather than 1/4 & add a little more garlic. When cooking chicken add mixed herbs, salt and pepper generously and your dish will taste like ZIZZI’S ‘casareccia pollo piccante’. It’s my favourite dish from zizzis and I’m so happy to be able to make it at home whilst in lockdown!
21st Jun, 2020
I love zizzi so thank you for the tip!
29th Apr, 2020
You can substitute the mascarpone for creme works really well...add chopped chorizo before it goes in the oven and season chicken with garlic basil and comes out tasting like pizza..loved by family
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