I’m not a fan of pumpkin so I rarely cook with it, but I must say I LOVED this Chicken & roast pumpkin pasta bake, it was delicious. We will definitely make this again and perhaps add a little garlic to the cheese sauce.
I made this during the day, then placed in the fridge at the end of step 19. Once home from our after school sport activities I popped it into the oven (as it was in the fridge, I heat for 3o minutes instead of the recommended 20 min). I love dinners like these that can be made ahead and then heated just before eating.
Serve with salad and there will most certainly be enough left overs for everybody for the following nights dinner.
Chicken and roast pumpkin pasta bake
- 1 butternut pumpkin, peeled and diced into 1cm pieces
- 1 tlb olive oil
- 500g packet macaroni
- 500g chicken breast
- 2 short cut bacon, finely diced
- 60g butter
- 1/3 cup plain flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
- 2 spinach leaves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 160C
- Have large rectangular oven dish ready
- Place pumpkin onto a lined baking tray, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper
- Roast in oven for 20 minutes or until golden, then allow to cool slightly.
- Cook macaroni following packet directions, drain and place bake into saucepan.
- Place chicken in a large saucepan, cover chicken with tap water, season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat
- Once boiling reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 8 minutes or until almost cooked
- Remove from heat and set aside until needed
- Cook bacon for 1-2 minutes in microwave or brown using a frypan
- Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
- When butter is foaming (very bubbly) add flour.
- Cook stirring for 1 -2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, gradually stir through milk, mixing until smooth
- Return to heat, cook stirring for 4-5 minutes until boils and thickens.
- Stir in tasty cheese and season with salt and pepper, set aside
- Shred chicken
- Add chicken, pumpkin, spinach and cheese sauce to pasta, gently stir to combine
- Spoon into rectangular casserole dish
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until browned
By Kat – The Organised Housewife