اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ
Enjoy this cheesy chicken pasta bake for the ultimate weekday family dinner. This is guaranteed to become a family favourite. This pasta with chicken recipe is a delicious baked pasta that will satisfy your entire family. This pasta bake is comfort food at its finest. It is filled with chunks of chicken, penne pasta, chopped tomatoes all wrapped up in a creamy cheese sauce. Make this ahead of time and pop in the oven before dinner. Customise this dish by adding any variety of vegetables of your personal preference then serve straight from the dish with a dressed green salad for the perfect healthy dinner.
Pasta is pretty much a universal favourite and much loved by everyone (almost everyone). My little sister doesn’t like pasta. I know she is a bit bizarre. Although she doesn’t really eat much food. She is on a strict diet of not eating anything for some reason. So, my mum and I have to force her to eat food. Everyone else in my family LOVES pasta, especially my brothers. The good thing about pasta is that even my mum and dad will eat it. This is good for me because it means I don’t have to make separate food for my parents. Out of all of my pasta recipes this chicken pasta bake is my favourite.
This chicken pasta bake does have multiple parts to it, but it is worth the time and effort. You could use a store-bought béchamel sauce if you like to make things easier. However, it isn’t that hard to make yourself. The ingredients are very basic. To make a white sauce you first have you start with a roux. A roux is the name given to a cooked mixture of butter and plain flour. I make a roux for the sauces in my macaroni cheese recipe and fish pie recipe. So, I like to think I am something of an expert in making white sauces.
The reason I started to make my white sauce from scratch is that I recently found out that Dolmio white sauce is not halal. I was REALLY annoyed at that because I had JUST bought like three cans of it, and I had to throw them out. There is not much of a point in finding another brand of white sauce as it is easy to make at home. You could if you wanted to though.
I personally only use bell peppers in this pasta bake. You could use whatever vegetables you like. Use whatever you have on hand. I love the combination of chicken and bell peppers as you can probably tell. A LOT of my recipes often involve this pairing. Bell peppers are awesome. One of the BEST vegetables out there.
You can also adjust the seasoning as you like it. To try to get my sister to eat food I try to add a bit of spice in it, because she likes spicy food. I like to use penne pasta or fusilli pasta for this recipe. Any pasta shapes can be used.
This creamy chicken pasta bake is the best comfort food for your weeknight dinners.
I’m Sadia, the person behind The Aziz Kitchen. A 20-and-some year-old Muslim aspiring doctor and writer who loves to experiment with cooking, baking and all things food. On this blog you will find my favourite, delicious, family-friendly recipes.
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