Mary Berry's chicken pasta bake is 'wonderfully comforting' — takes just 30 minutes

Homemade pasta bake with tomato sauce and cheese
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Deciding on dinner can be a chore, but why not indulge in a comforting pasta dish that takes just 30 minutes? Mary Berry's chicken pasta bake is a delectable cheesy creation, brimming with well-seasoned chicken enveloped in a creamy sauce, complemented by onions and tomatoes.

Mary Berry said on the BBC website it's "a wonderfully comforting chicken pasta bake, this can be made ahead and will go down really well with the family".

The recipe is straightforward and quick to prepare, requiring just minutes before spending 20 minutes in the oven. Ideal for diners of all ages, this ultimate comfort food is sure to be a hit with children, teenagers, and adults alike, reports the Express.

You'll need the following ingredients and kitchen equipment

  • A shallow ovenproof dish

  • Pot

  • Large frying pan

  • Sandwich bag

  • Slotted spoon

  • 250g of penne pasta

  • 100g of parmesan cheese

  • 50g plain flour

  • 50g of butter (plus extra for greasing)

  • 750ml of hot milk

  • Three skinless boneless chicken breasts

  • Two large tomatoes

  • One onion

  • One tablespoon of Dijon mustard

  • One tablespoon of paprika

  • Two tablespoons of olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

Now, let's get cooking

Start by preheating your oven to 220C (200C Fan or Gas 7) and greasing your ovenproof dish.

Chop the onion roughly and cook it with the penne pasta in boiling salted water, adhering to the instructions on the packet. Once done, drain the pasta, rinse with cold water, and set it aside.

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips and toss them in a sandwich bag with paprika seasoning, salt, and pepper, giving it a good shake to coat evenly.

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and sear the chicken over high heat for two minutes until it's golden brown and just cooked. Remove the chicken using a slotted spoon and place it on a plate to rest.

To whip up the pasta sauce, start by melting the butter in a frying pan, then add the flour and give it a good mix for about a minute on high heat. Gradually pour in the hot milk, stirring continuously until you achieve a smooth, thick sauce.

Let the sauce bubble away for about four minutes, then stir in the mustard, half of the parmesan cheese, and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Next, toss in the pasta and onion into the sauce and give everything a good mix. Spoon this mixture into your oven dish, then sprinkle the remaining cheese and tomato pieces on top.

Pop it in the oven for roughly 20 minutes until the pasta bake is piping hot and has a crispy golden brown top. Once done, remove from the oven and your scrumptious dish is ready to be served.