Chicken Bacon Spinach And Olive Pasta Bake

Chicken Bacon Spinach And Olive Pasta Bake

Posted 2017-06-14 by Naomi follow
Delicious, quick and a great way to sneak greens into your diet. The olives and bacon add extra flavour to the sauce. This easy pasta bake can be made ahead or sliced and frozen.
[Image1 Delicious pasta bake is warm comfort food]

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12 slices

Ingredients
400 g spiral pasta (gluten free if required)
Salted water, boiled (reserve 1/4 cup pasta water)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed (exclude if low FODMAP)
1 onion, diced (exclude if low FODMAP)
4 rashes of bacon, rind removed and diced
2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
400 g tin tomatoes
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 red capsicum, sliced
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (gluten free if required)
250 g baby spinach
Salt and pepper
250 g grated cheese (lactose free if required)

Method
  • Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes less than the packet instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, sautĂ© the garlic and onion in oil in a frypan for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add the bacon and fry until caramelised.
  • Add the chicken and cook until white on the outside.
  • Add the tomatoes, capsicum, oregano, basil, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, olives, salt and pepper to taste and stir. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaves, add the spinach and stir until just wilted.
  • [Image2]
  • Add the pasta and reserved pasta water to the sauce. Stir to combine, then transfer to a baking dish.
  • [Image3 Evenly coat the pasta with the sauce]
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.
  • Allow to cool slightly.
  • Serve with a garden salad.
  • [Image4 The melted cheese top is delicious]

    Tips
  • Prepare ahead and place in the fridge until ready to bake.
  • individual portions can be frozen.
  • If you would prefer a vegetarian option you may like to try my [Linkhttp://recipeyum.com.au/zesty-spinach-tomato-and-mushroom-pasta-bake/ zesty spinach, tomato and mushroom pasta bake]

  • For more of my recipes visit [Link http://recipeyum.com.au/cookbook/108127/ Naomi's recipes]

    Categories
    #chicken
    #olives
    #tomatoes
    #spinach
    #pasta
    #family
    #italian
    #dinner
    #healthy
    #easy
    #make_ahead
    #gluten_free_
    #lactose_free
    #low_fodmap_

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    228698 - 2023-07-17 10:43:52

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    Family_friendly
    Easy
    Dinner
    Healthy
    Lunch
    Family
    Vegetarian
    Quick
    Dessert
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    Vegan
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