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Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake

This tasty, easy chicken and bacon pasta bake is the perfect dish for quick and easy family dinners. With bacon, chicken, and vegetables, it’s a filling and hearty meal with beautiful colors and flavors.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, chicken, pasta, pasta bake, zucchini
Servings: 6
Calories: 333kcal
Cost: cheap

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breast fillets (350 g / 12 oz)
  • 3 bacon rashers
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups dry fusilli (200 g)
  • 1 zucchini (courgette)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 80 g feta
  • 120 g cheddar
  • 10 g parmesan

Instructions

  • Start by preparing your ingredients. Finely dice the onions and bacon. Grate or finely chop the garlic. Dice the peppers, zucchini and chicken. Then, shred the cheddar and parmesan, and crumble the feta cheese.
  • Heat up the oil in a skillet or frying pan on medium to high heat. Add diced onions and bacon, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Add finely chopped garlic, and sauté for another minute.
  • Meanwhile, boil the pasta in water according to package instructions.
  • Add the onion and bacon and drained cooked pasta to a casserole dish along with diced peppers and zucchini.
  • Pan sear diced chicken until it’s browned all over and almost cooked through, and add to the casserole dish. Add the tomato sauce, seasoning and half of the cheese, then stir to combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover the pasta with the remaining cheese, and bake in the oven at 360 °F / 180 °C for about 25 minutes, or until the ingredients have warmed through and the cheese has melted and turned golden.

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Notes

  • Use your favorite seasoning and vegetables to add your own little twist on the dish.
  • As the ingredients will continue to cook in the oven, I recommend boiling the pasta until it’s al dente, or barely cooked. The chicken can be slightly undercooked when you place it in the oven.
  • Don’t skimp on the seasoning! It’s a key part to making a truly delicious dish.
  • Store leftover chicken and bacon pasta bake in airtight containers in a refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1044mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1321IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 2mg