This is such an easy, cheap pasta recipe that uses every day ingredients, can be prepared in advance and has all the elements of a well balanced meal. I often make the chicken, leek & tomato pasta bake and stick it in the oven on a timer so it bakes while we are at after-school clubs, therefore avoiding the  45 minute moan while they are waiting for dinner! Serve it all by itself or with a side salad/ steamed veg, you can even adjust the recipe to use up leftover roast chicken! For other quick pasta recipes click here. This recipe serves a family of 5 (or more if you serve with salad or extra veg).

Buzymum - Chicken, Leek & Tomato Pasta Bake family favourite. Quick, cheap easy family food.
Ingredients:
  • 400g whole wheat dry pasta
  • 4 chicken thighs, skinned, boned and cut into bite sized pieces
  • Drizzle of cooking oil (I like rape seed)
  • 1 small leek, sliced thinly into rounds
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dry mixed herbs
  • 1/2 mug frozen peas
  • 1/2 mug frozen sweet corn
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ball mozzarella, sliced -the really cheap ones are perfect as they are firmer and so allow you to slice thinly
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
Method:
  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions minus 1 minute. For whole wheat pasta, I would normally cook for 10 minutes but for this recipe only 9 as it will cook again when baked in the oven
  • Meanwhile, gently fry off the chicken pieces and set aside
  • In a large frying pan, gently fry the leek in a little oil until soft
  • Add the garlic and keep stirring for a couple of minutes to avoid it burning
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, mixed herbs, salt and pepper, bring to a simmer (I use this sauce for cooking meatballs too- delicious!)

Buzymum - Tomato sauce for pasta, meatballs or dipping!

  • Turn off the heat and chuck in the frozen veg and stir (this will cool it down)
  • Drain the pasta with a sieve and plunge in cold water, drain again and add to the frying pan along with the cooled chicken
  • Chuck the lot into an oven proof dish

Buzymum - Chicken pasta bake ready for the cheese topping

  • Top with the slices of mozzarella and top that with the grated cheddar

Buzymum - Chicken, leek and tomato pasta bake ready to be stored or cooked

  • Bake at 180C for around 45 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling
  • Once assembled, this dish can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking
  • Enjoy your chicken, leek & tomato pasta bake!!

Buzymum - Chicken, leek and tomato pasta bake ready to serve

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