one-pot pasta bake with chicken, vegetables and mushroom

Recently I discovered the many joys of cooking pasta in one pot.

Now I am really hooked.

To the point where I want to cook pastas all the time.

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Well, think about it – if I cook a Chinese dinner, I will need to wash the wok at least twice, and maybe a soup pot too.

But one-pot pasta = one pot to wash!! Super love!

Today I decided to try something a little different. I wanted to make a baked pasta for dinner. So I decided to try using one pot to cook the pasta and sauce, then finish the dish in the oven.

So this means I had to wash an extra casserole dish. Hmmm, one more dish but ooey-gooey-cheesy baked pasta? It’s well worth washing that extra dish I tell ya!

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And yes, I am very happy to report that it worked!! 😀

Other than the only-one-pot-to-wash advantage (WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED, RIGHT?), the other wonderful thing about cooking pasta this way is that I can control the done-ness of the pasta. No more over-cooked pasta! It’s just fantastic!

Here are the step-by-step pictorial instructions on how to cook this.

In a skillet, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until the onion has softened.

IMG_4449 Add the chicken and cook until the chicken turns opaque.

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Add the vegetables and mushroom, as well as Italian herbs, black pepper and salt. Stir to mix.

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Add the chili flakes and chicken (or vegetable) stock (For recipe for home made chicken stick, see here) and cream.

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Add the pasta.

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Bring the liquid to a boil. 

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Lower the heat and cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is almost al dente. The pasta will be baked later so do not over cook. Remember to give everything a stir once in a while.

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Transfer the pasta, chicken, vegetables and sauce into baking casserole dishes that have been lightly greased – you can either make a family-size portion or individual portions. 

Make the topping by tossing together bread crumbs, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Italian herbs and black pepper in a bowl. Scatter this over the pasta.

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 Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes or until the topping has turned golden brown.

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 I can honestly tell you that this was freaking good!

And unless you spill the beans, no one will know you cooked this in one pot!

SHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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One-Pot Pasta Bake With Chicken, Vegetables And Mushroom
Serves 4
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For the pasta
  1. 500g chicken breast - about 2 chicken breast halves, skin removed and diced
  2. 1/2 onion, diced
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 zucchini, quartered and sliced
  5. 1/2 red pepper, diced
  6. 6 mushrooms, sliced
  7. 1 cup (240ml) low-sodium chicken stock
  8. 1 cup (240ml) cream
  9. 350g short pasta - I used Creste De Gallo
  10. Salt and Black pepper to taste
  11. 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  12. 2 teaspoons Italian herbs
For the topping
  1. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  2. 1/2 cup Parmesan
  3. 1/2 cup Mozzarella
  4. 1 teaspoon Italian herb
For the pasta
  1. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper. Set this aside.
  2. In a skillet, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until the onion has softened.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken turns opaque.
  4. Add the vegetables and mushroom, as well as Italian herbs, black pepper and salt. Stir to mix.
  5. Add the chicken (or vegetable) stock and cream.
  6. Add the pasta.
  7. Bring the liquid to a boil.
  8. Lower the heat and cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is almost al dente. The pasta will be baked later so do not over cook. Remember to give everything a stir once in a while.
  9. Transfer the pasta, chicken, vegetables and sauce into baking casserole dishes that have been lightly greased – you can either make a family-size portion or individual portions.
  10. Make the topping by tossing together bread crumbs, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Italian herbs and black pepper in a bowl. Scatter this over the pasta.
  11. Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes or until the topping has turned golden brown.
  12. Serve immediately.
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