Macaroni With A Difference

Macaroni With A Difference

Posted 2014-12-22 by finyfollow

Traditionally macaroni is made with just cheese and macaroni.

In this recipe I have made it different by using chicken, bacon, tomato soup plus cut up vegetables instead of just the cheese.

It can easily be made a day ahead and heated in the oven and I have had it for several days now and it is still just as good as it was on the first day!

I served it with a parsley and tomato salad with [link Wasabi Mayonnaise]

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

2 cups [link macaroni]
About 450 g chicken breast
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
6 rashers short cut bacon
2 medium zucchini, chopped
440 g [link Tomato Soup]
1/3 cup [link sour cream]
1½ cups [link grated cheese]

  • Cut any fat/sinew off the chicken breasts.

  • Preheat the oven to moderate -about 165° fan forced.

  • Cook the macaroni as per instructions with a little oil, until just tender. Drain.

  • Slice the chicken breasts into long strips and then cut into cubes.

  • If you like your bacon crispy, at this stage fry it till it is slightly brown.
  • If you do not like it crispy, add bacon later with carrot

  • Heat some oil in a wok or frypan and cook the chicken quickly over high heat until it is browned but not cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper.

  • In the same pan, add the onions, carrot and bacon, if you have not already done it. Stir over a low-medium heat for about 5 - 10 minutes, adding the bacon after a few minutes if you have already browned it.

  • Add the zucchini and the tomato soup. Bring to the boil, simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, and then remove from the heat.

  • Add the pasta, chicken, and sour cream. Season to taste though you do not really need salt as the bacon is salty.

  • Put in an ovenproof dish, and top with the cheese.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. If making ahead, just bake for 10 minutes as chicken will get tough if you overcook.

  • Serve

  • I made a tomato and parsley salad with pepper and wasabi mayonnaise, to eat with it.

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