Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Bake

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

 I love sneaking in vegetables, the kids never even noticed!!


Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Bake

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main


  • 350g dried spiral pasta
  • 1 large zucchini, halved, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 hot roast chicken, meat shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

bechamel sauce

  • 60g butter, chopped
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 75g parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • good pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius or 180 degrees celcius for fan forced
  2. Following packet directions to cook pasta
  3. While pasta is cooking prepare bechamel sauce. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium to high heat
  4. Once butter has started to foam add flour, stir for 1 to 2 minutes until flour and butter combine. Remove from heat
  5. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until mixture is a smooth consistency
  6. Return to the heat stirring with a wooden spoon for about 10 to 12 minutes until sauce comes to the boil and thickens
  7. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese, salt and nutmeg
  8. Add the zucchini and cauliflower to the pasta in the last 2 minutes of cooking
  9. Drain pasta and vegetable and return to the saucepan
  10. Stir in chicken and bechamel sauce in the pasta mix
  11. Pour into a 8 cup baking dish
  12. Top with cheese and breadcrumbs
  13. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden

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Nahid Aley September 13, 2013 - 10:48 PM

Um… yum is all I can say! Great food for a Friday evening, although I’ve just seen your link to a chicken and roast pumpkin bake….decisions decisions :o)

Lots of love

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:11 AM

it’s a great way to use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. Ooh yes the pumpkin bake is so delicious, and that’s coming from somebody that dislikes pumpkin 🙂

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile September 14, 2013 - 7:09 PM

Yum! I love how you have included yummy veggies in here! I love pasta but it’s made so much better with the addition of veggies! Thanks 🙂

Susan Rochford July 15, 2014 - 6:32 AM

Whoa, a whole chicken plus pasta and veg, surely you could use 1/2 a chicken and get two meals out of this. Great way to get the kids to eat cauliflower too.

Lisa July 23, 2014 - 7:14 AM

Yet another win with my fussy family of 5! Thankyou for another fantastic meal, so yummy & easy to make!
Its great for kids cos the flavour isn’t over powering & we can sneak extra vegies in ;-)Thankyou! My family is loving your recipes!!

Katrina July 23, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Love it Lisa, I’m so happy to hear they enjoyed it, and your right there is room for heaps more vegetables in this recipe, you could add brocolli, corn, carrots, cabbage, onion. What did you add?

JULI January 6, 2016 - 9:24 PM

This looks great. For my “anti-green” kids, I will peel then grate the zucchini

Kate - Kat's Assistant January 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Great idea, Juli!


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