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Chicken, Tomato and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Serves
4
Preparation Time
10 mins
Cooking Time
40 mins
Calories Per Serving
692
Category
Main

Ingredients

Rustle up this comforting pasta bake for a flavour-packed midweek meal. Featuring chunks of smoky chorizo, a fragrant tomato sauce and gooey cheese, it is perfect for cosying up with on cooler nights.

300g dried rigatoni or penne
100g chorizo, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
400g tin cherry tomatoes
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tsp dried oregano
30g fresh basil, torn
75g light soft cheese
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
150g mozzarella cheese, finely chopped

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Method

  1. Heat oven to gas 8, 220°C, fan 200°C. Cook the pasta following the packet instructions in plenty of salted boiling water. Drain and set to one side.
  2. Heat a large dry ovenproof frying pan on a high heat and cook the chorizo for 3-4 mins, until the oils are released and it starts to crisp. Add the garlic and chicken and fry for 5 mins, to brown. Tip in both cans of tomatoes and bring to a simmer, then add ¾ of the oregano, ½ the basil, the soft cheese and some seasoning. Stir until the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  3. Add the pasta and mix well. Scatter on the Parmesan and mozzarella and the rest of the oregano. Bake for 20-25 mins, until golden brown and bubbling. Serve with the rest of the torn basil on top.