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Chorizo and Chicken Pasta Bake

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Chorizo and Chicken Pasta Bake

Chorizo and Chicken Pasta Bake

This easy recipe shows you how to make a chorizo and chicken pasta bake in a creamy cheese sauce.

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Ready to add the sauce

 

This chicken and chorizo bake is a great meal to make upfront that you can just heat up in the oven when you want to eat. Any leftovers can also be kept in the fridge and heated up in the microwave the next day. 

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Chicken and pasta bake ingredients

This easy recipe uses some spicy chorizo from Aldi, some chicken breasts and a creamy cheese sauce made with some strong cheddar cheese.  It is covered with a thin layer of breadcrumbs and some grated parmesan cheese to give it a nice crispy top layer.

chicken and chorizo pasta recipe

You can of course vary your recipe by using different types of cheese, chorizo or pasta.

I have a recipe for just a chorizo pasta bake which uses a mixture of Gruyère and cheddar cheese and some spinach, which is also good, but a bit different.

So you can also use shredded mozzarella or even Gouda if you prefer. Different cheeses will just give a different end result, so use what you like or have available.

creamy chicken and chorizo pasta bake

In these photos, I used a mix of different kinds of pasta that I had leftover (250g Fusilli Pugliesi Tris and 250g Tricolore fusilli), but you can use whatever you have available. Penne, ziti, rigatoni, farfalle – I do not think it matters very much. Use what you have available. The tri-colour just adds a bit more colour to the dish.

I used some spicy chorizo in this recipe and I cooked the chicken breast separately. But if you have some leftover chicken from a Sunday roast or a BBQ chicken, feel free to use that instead.

At the end of this post you will find some links to other pasta recipes and pasta bakes that we like as a family.

chicken and chorizo pasta bake

Chorizo and chicken pasta bake

 

Chicken chorizo pasta

I think the combination of chicken, chorizo, pasta together with the creamy sauce makes for a perfect combination of tastes, and this recipe is certainly a winner in our family. I shall be making this more often I expect. The girls loved it.

I hope you try and make this recipe for yourself. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

How to make chicken and chorizo pasta bake

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Chorizo and Chicken Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This recipe for a chorizo and chicken pasta bake gives you a creamy cheesy pasta dish with plenty of taste.

Ingredients

  • 500g Pasta (I used a mix of Fusilli Pugliesi Tris and Tricolore fusilli in these photos)
  • 140g dry-cured spicy Spanish chorizo sausage
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Creamy Sauce

  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 50g salted butter
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1000 ml milk
  • 160g grated strong cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

To garnish

  • 3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • Grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Season the chicken breasts and cook in the oven for 30 minutes, until cooked. (I use a stainless steel baking tray with rack for this). Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. When cooled chop the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  3. While chicken is cooking, boil a pan of water for the pasta. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 2 minutes less than the time recommended on the packet. Then drain the in a colander and rinse it with cold water under a tap to stop it cooking further. Leave it to drain.
  4. While boiling the pasta, finely chop the garlic and slice the chorizo into slices. Then put the chorizo with the pasta into your baking dish.
  5. Now make the sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the diced garlic. Cook for two minutes, then add the flour and cook for a further minute on medium heat. Then slowly add the milk, bit by bit, stirring as you go, until the sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Then add the cheddar cheese and melt it into the sauce. Add the nutmeg to the sauce and then taste and season with black pepper to suit.
  7. Then add the chicken pieces to your pasta and chorizo and mix well. Cover the pasta with the sauce and mix. The top layer of pasta should be just uncovered with sauce.
  8. Then sprinkle the top thinly with the breadcrumbs and some grated parmesan. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.
  9. When ready to eat, pre-heat the oven to 180C and cook in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the top has browned nicely with a crispy layer.

Notes

Serve on its own, or accompany with a nice crisp green salad.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 706Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 1041mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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