Baked Bechamel Chicken Pasta

    Baked Bechamel Chicken Pasta


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    This is actually a Middle Eastern method of baking pasta with a bechamel sauce. Very rich and luscious.

    Serves: 8 

    • 500g penne
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 green capsicum, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
    • 1/2 cup frozen peas
    • 1 bunch cilantro
    • 3 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
    • 185g tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • 5 tablespoons butter
    • 1 chicken stock cube
    • 5 tablespoons plain flour
    • 3 cups (750ml) milk
    • 1 pinch pepper to taste
    • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the penne pasta 10 to 12 minutes, until al dente.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    3. Heat the oil in a frypan over medium heat and saute the onion, green capsicum and garlic until tender. Stir in the chicken and cook until almost done. Mix in the peas, cilantro, dill, tomato paste and enough water to make a thick sauce. Continue to cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear and all the ingredients are heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    4. To prepare the bechamel sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Dissolve the chicken stock cube in the melted butter. Stirring constantly, blend in the flour until smooth. Mix in the milk, season with pepper and continue to cook and stir until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
    5. In a bowl, mix the cooked pasta with 1/2 the bechamel sauce. Place 1/2 the pasta in a baking dish, layer with 1/2 the chicken mixture and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Layer with the remaining pasta, remaining chicken mixture and remaining bechamel sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
    6. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly.

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