Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake - Weekend at the Cottage

Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position. Lightly butter an 8 x 11-inch glass casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Place the penne, chicken, onion, celery, sundried tomatoes, garlic, bacon and tomato sauce into a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine. Taste then, season with salt. If using chili flakes, add them here.
  3. Add the mozzarella cheese and stir all of the ingredients together until grated cheese is incorporated throughout. Transfer the mixture into the greased casserole dish, tamping it down gently.
  4. Mix the cheddar and Parmesan together in a small bowl before sprinkling it out evenly across the top of the pasta dish. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Present with additional parsley and Parmesan.
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Chicken, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and penne tossed in tomato sauce baked with three cheeses…

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    60 MIN
  • 6 SERVINGS
Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake ready to be enjoyed

Dinner is ready in 45 thanks to this TOMATO CHICKEN PASTA BAKE!

When it comes to easy pasta bakes, this TOMATO CHICKEN PASTA BAKE gets extra points because of its make-ahead process. All you need to do is prepare the ingredients the night before and store them in containers overnight. Next day, pack them up in the cooler and head off to your favourite weekend destination, aka the cottage. Dinner will be on the table in 45 – what could be easier, or tastier, than that?

You are going to love many things about this recipe; it’s easy to prepare and really delicious too, perfect for when you’re pressed for time.

Here are some simple points to consider when you go to make it:

Ingredients for the Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake

EASY BAKE

Check out the photo of the ingredients: nothing too fancy, everything readily available, but as I detailed above, the trick is to prepare the ingredients in advance. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply mix them together and you’re good to go.

Ingredients stirred together for a Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake

One thing to mention is that you can make a vegetarian version of this recipe by simply omitting the chicken and bacon. The finished dish will be a little saucier but it’s still tasty and wonderful.

The casserole dish filled and sprinkled with the grated cheeses

TOP IT OFF

Safe to say, pasta bakes would be nothing if it weren’t for the cheese. We decided to go the distance by including three – mozzarella to create a pleasantly gooey bake, and both Parmesan and cheddar to give the top a glorious crust with a bit of cheesy crunch. Yum!

Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake fresh out of the oven

ENJOY!

Don’t you love when a meal can be served with nothing more than a sprinkle of parsley and Parmesan? This is especially great when you’re entertaining weekend guests. Remember, a casual relaxed vibe is the intention with pasta bake recipes, and this dish sure does fit that bill.

Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake

Since we’re keeping things casual, let’s echo those same sentiments with the rest of the meal. For me, salads are the way to go, whether you’re adding a scoop right next to the pasta or serving it on the side. If you like no fuss, try this SIMPLE SALAD, and if you’re all-in for a garlic lemon flavour next to tomato and cheese, try this CLASSIC CAESAR SALAD. Our SPINACH SALAD makes for a wonderful accompaniment too.

Relax! This TOMATO CHICKEN PASTA BAKE is dinner made easy, literally!

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Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dried penne pasta, cooked
  • 3 cups roasted chicken, cubed
  • ½ sweet white onion, diced
  • 4 ribs celery, diced
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 6 strips cooked bacon, chopped
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • sprinkle kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • butter grease casserole dish
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Garnish:
  • Sprinkle fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position. Lightly butter an 8 x 11-inch glass casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Place the penne, chicken, onion, celery, sundried tomatoes, garlic, bacon and tomato sauce into a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine. Taste then, season with salt. If using chili flakes, add them here.
  3. Add the mozzarella cheese and stir all of the ingredients together until grated cheese is incorporated throughout. Transfer the mixture into the greased casserole dish, tamping it down gently.
  4. Mix the cheddar and Parmesan together in a small bowl before sprinkling it out evenly across the top of the pasta dish. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Present with additional parsley and Parmesan.

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