Hi Everyone! Today I’m going to be giving away my simple recipe for one of the most filling meals I make at uni which is my chicken and bacon pasta bake. I cook for just me, because I’m a pretty plain and fussy eater, so this makes a couple of meals for a few days for one person or can serve between 2-4 people. I’m not a brilliant or experienced cook, so this is a pretty easy recipe. The best part about this dish is that the ingredients are variable, you can easily change it depending on what you like or want out of a dish.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Serves: 2-4 people/Meals depending on hunger levels.

Equipment: 
  • Chopping Board
  • Frying Pan
  • Saucepan
  • Pyrex/Ovenproof dish
  • Sieve – for draining your cooked pasta
  • Cheese Grater
Ingredients: 
  • Chicken Breasts – 1-2, depending on how much meat you want in it
  • Bacon – 2-3 rashers is more than enough. I use unsmoked because thats what I’m used to buying but I don’t see why other types of bacon wouldn’t work.
  • Fusilli – enough to cover the base of your dish when uncooked. Wholewheat pasta is a healthier option which also works perfectly well, but for the version cooked in the photos I have used white fusilli. Similar pasta shapes would also probably work just as well
  • Grated Cheese
  • Low Calorie Spray – I love using low calorie spray a) because it makes me feel better about eating unhealthy food and b) its so much easier to cook with than oil
  • Seasoning – adding a bit of spice and extra flavour is an option that you can take
  • Pasta Bake Sauce – In this recipe I had got some HomePride Tomato and Bacon pasta bake sauce on offer, but I mostly use Aldi’s tomato and bacon sauce because it’s cheaper. For a healthier option it may be a good idea to consider making your own pasta sauce!

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200/ Fan 180/ Gas Mark 6
  2. Chop your chicken breasts into chunks or slices for ease of cooking. Cut your bacon into slices, I like to remove most of the fat from mine
  3. Start boiling your water for your pasta in the saucepan, salt the water whilst boiling to lower the boiling point and add a bit of extra taste!
  4. Whilst you’re waiting for the water to boil, put the uncooked pasta in your ovenproof dish until it covers the bottom of the dish.
  5. Then add this pasta to your boiled water.
  6. Fry your Chicken and bacon using your low calorie spray
  7. Whilst its cooking maybe take this time to grate your cheese
  8. Most pasta bake recipes suggest that your pasta should be al dente (Cooked but still slightly hard) but I just wait until its cooked completely, I don’t think it really matters.
  9. Drain your pasta using a sieve or your pot lid
  10. Pour the pasta into the ovenproof dish and spread it evenly
  11. Pour in your bacon and chicken and spread it around
  12. Add in your canned pasta sauce and stir it about so it covers everything 
  13. Add in some cheese and mix that in too
  14. Sprinkle some cheese over the top of the dish
  15. Pop it in the oven for 12-15 minutes. I judge mine based on how melted the cheese is

Hey Pasta! You’re done! Add a few slices of garlic bread or a bit of salad on the side if you fancy it.

I then pack my leftovers into my Tupperwares and have them over the next few days. I steer clear of keeping it for more than 3 days because I’ve heard having pasta more than 3 days after its cooked is potentially fatal?!? So maybe keep that in mind!

Enjoy Everyone! Let me know how it goes!