Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Best Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Pasta Bake Recipe!

I have posted so many recipes on my blog but to say this pasta bake is an absolute favourite for us, I have never actually posted the recipe so I thought I might aswell now. It's a perfect, comforting meal that really fills you up, loads of pasta and cheese, doesn't get much better than that. 
Ingredients:
150g pasta (I do 75g per person) 
2 Chicken breasts 
4 rashers of bacon 
2 tablespoons of butter
2 - 3 tablespoons of plain flour
loads of cheese (for the sauce and the top)
Milk (usually between 150ml - 200ml)

Method:
1. Cut chicken into chunks and fry in frylight until cooked through
2. While chicken is cooking, grill the bacon (I usually cut all the fat off too first) and start your pasta in a pan of boiling water
3. To make the sauce, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan, when it's melted add in 2 tablespoons of flour and stir until it becomes almost dough like, if it's still quite wet add in more flour until you get the right smooth consistency
4. Add small amounts of milk at a time, literally a glug at a time stirring after each one until you have the thickness you desire for the sauce
5. Add in cheese to the sauce and stir until it all melts, I can't give exact measurements for this, it really all depends on how cheesy you want it, I usually use at least a few handfuls of grated cheese, it makes quite a sticky sauce 
6. When the pasta is cooked, drain then add to the cooked chicken, cut up the grilled bacon and also add that, stir then add in the cheese sauce. Make sure all the pasta is coated in the sauce then put into a dish
7. Top the pasta with grated cheese, again however much you want, you can also add some breadcrumbs to the top for an extra crunch
8. I then put in a 200 degree oven for around 20 minutes, the top has usually started to go crispy by this point and the cheese has all melted

Serve with salad and crusty bread or garlic bread!
This is really tasty and a lovely homemade meal, let me know if you try it!

Other Recipes - Chilli // Homemade Bread // Ginger Beef Stir Fry

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