Classic chicken & pasta bake

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups pasta (such as penne or macaroni)
  • Olive oil spray
  • 450g chicken mince
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 onion (any type), diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed
  • 50g lean leg ham, sliced
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbs no-salt tomato paste
  • ½ cup reduced-fat grated cheddar cheese
  • Salad leaves, to serve

Directions

Classic chicken & pasta bake

serves 6

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package instructions or until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Lightly coat a large saucepan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Add the chicken and garlic and cook for 5-8 minutes or until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside, draining off any excess liquid.

Return the saucepan to the heat and cook the onion and carrots for 3-5 minutes. Add the zucchini and beans and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken mixture, ham, tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, add the pasta and stir to combine.

Spoon the mixture into a medium size baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden. Remove and rest for 5 minutes, then serve with green salad.

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