Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake

    1 hour

    This chicken and bacon pasta bake is a very cheap and filling meal that is very easy to make. Ideal for during the week for the busy family.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 600g pasta, such as penne or fusilli
    • 1 whole cooked chicken, stripped and deboned
    • 4 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
    • 140g tomato paste
    • 1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes
    • 250g cheddar cheese, grated
    • 250g mascarpone

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until slightly soft. It is a good idea to slightly undercook it as the pasta is going into the oven at a later time.
    2. While the pasta is cooking fry the onion with the bacon in a large saucepan until the bacon is just cooked and the onion is soft.
    3. Add the chicken and mix together. Add the herbs, salt and pepper then gradually stir in the tomato paste. When all has been mixed together gradually add the tinned tomatoes then bring to a simmer.
    4. If the mixture feels too dry and sticky add a little water to loosen then add the Mascarpone along with a small handful of the grated cheddar. Mix until all the cheese and mascarpone has been blended in.
    5. Drain the cooked pasta and rinse under a cold tap to remove any starch and then mix into the tomato chicken and bacon mixture until everything is coated and even.
    6. Place the whole mixture into a large oven dish and sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top so that it is evenly coated. Put this into the oven at about 140 degrees C until the dish is heated through and the cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve with garlic bread if desired.

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    This was delicious. I used less cheese and mascarpone, a bit more tomato and used turkey bacon. next time I will add some shredded zucchini  -  07 Aug 2014


    Wow!What can i say......this was lovely,very,very tasty indeed!I will definitely be making this again (and again)  -  22 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I have made this dish a few times when I've had friends for dinner in the week. It's really delicious and not at all labour intensive. Instead of cooked roast chicken I used diced chicken thighs which I fry along with the onion and bacon. I've even used a packet of gnocchi in lieu of pasta for a twist.  -  15 Feb 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)