Useful confession: I absolutely love baked pasta.
We had a couple of friends over for dinner last night and it had been quite some time that I hadn’t eaten anything savory, so I decided to go the whole night yards and bake one my favorite pasta dishes (with lots of melting cheese on top!). And here is the result:
Drooling already?! There’s more! It’s super easy! Grab a pen and paper and start preparing your grocery list!
BAKED PASTA WITH CHICKEN (for 4)
– 300g of boneless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
– 1 onion, sliced lengthwise
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 1 Tbsp of olive oil
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 1 can of chopped tomatoes
– 3 Tbsp of cooking cream
– Salt and pepper
– 300g of mixed grated cheese, I used half mozzarella and half Gruyère
– 350g of dried pasta, preferably shell-shaped
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a wok-style pan, fry the onions and garlic in the olive oil. After a few minutes, when the onion becomes translucent, add the chicken, sprinkle a little salt and pepper and cook.
When the chicken is cooked, add in the hot water and bring boil. The water should darken a little bit because of the fried onion.
Add in the tomatoes from the can and the cooking cream. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper if you hadn’t used enough salt at the beginning.
Bring to boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens but doesn’t lose its liquid state.
Add in the cooked pasta. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. It should be al dente.
Pour everything into a Pyrex dish and sprinkle the grated cheese on top, evenly to cover the whole surface. You can use less cheese. I used a lot because I wanted it to be cheesy on purpose.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. At this point, there isn’t much to cook, just the cheese has to melt nicely. You can broil afterwards for a few minutes for a golden surface.
Note: You can replace chicken with canned tuna. Cook everything the same way. For vegetarians, don’t use any meat. The result should be as appetizing!
Note: Have you noticed my new photography skills? ;-)