Chicken pasta bake served in a casserole dish

Chicken pasta bake

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(125 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

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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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Method

  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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VJRoberts
1st Aug, 2020
5.05
Scrummy!!
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Kerry Dixon
28th Jul, 2020
4.05
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.
vickygreen77
9th Jul, 2020
5.05
Super easy and tasty. It fed a party of four adults (one very fussy) and two children. Clear plates all round.
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bethbiscuits
29th Jun, 2020
3.05
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
5.05
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
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bethbiscuits
29th Jun, 2020
3.05
I will try your suggestions next time i make this, as I felt the dish was lacking depth
klewington84
17th Jun, 2020
5.05
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.
Cookiechef1
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.
Judrop23
7th May, 2020
5.05
perfect recipe, didn't change a thing. I really enjoyed it for leftovers heated up,
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Nicoledanielle89
26th Apr, 2020
5.05
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?
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lulu_grimes
2nd Aug, 2020
Hi, Yes they could, or you could reheat them easily. Lulu
rich1e
2nd May, 2020
Can this be frozen?
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lulu_grimes
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!
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Esther_Deputyfo...
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!
j3llyb4by
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!
frizzy123
21st Jun, 2020
I love zizzi so thank you for the tip!
ljewel357
29th Apr, 2020
You can substitute the mascarpone for creme fresh..it works really well...add chopped chorizo before it goes in the oven and season chicken with garlic basil and oregano...it comes out tasting like pizza..loved by family
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