Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake is always a favourite in our house. Easy to cook, filling, and a great way to add some sneaky veg. A proper family classic.

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I love pasta bake. It’s so easy; it’s the pasta version of a one-pan roast really. You just chop everything up, cook some pasta and throw it into the oven. This Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake is filling, packed with flavours and has absolutely tons of cheese. Cheese and pasta, the perfect combination. It’s also always been an incredibly popular recipe on my blog. So I wanted to make a few updates and add some new photographs.

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Cheese topped and ready to bake

I love everything about my Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake. Pasta is always a win for me. I think I could eat it every day and never get bored. Even just with a simple sauce, I love it. The same goes for chicken and cheese. They are probably three of the foods that I couldn’t live without.

Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake in large dish

Pasta Bake Mid-Week Dinner

Adding Chorizo gives it an extra something, it adds tons of flavour and colour and just makes it a bit better than a standard cheese pasta bake. It really is the perfect midweek family dinner. Cheap, easy and super filling.

When I make my Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake I tend to cook it on the hob earlier in the day. I like to cook it all in an ovenproof dish, to minimise the washing up, so I either put the lid on and leave it on the hob, or I pop it in the fridge, depending on when we’re eating it. Then I top with cheese and bake. Simples. It’s fantastic with salad or garlic bread, but completely fine on its own. Husband and the kids enjoy a pasta bake sandwich. Husband would eat anything on a sandwich though, to be honest!

I tend to give the dish a quick spray with a caloriecontrolled cooking spray. You don’t need much, as the chorizo releases loads of its own oils.

Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake is the ultimate in comfort food!

What Kind of Pasta Should I Use for Pasta-Bake?

Honestly, anything tube-like or chunky. I tend to just use super cheap penne, making this a really low-cost mid-week meal. But, bows would work, so would spirals or rigatoni.

How Long will Pasta Bake Keep?

This pasta bake is a pretty big meal. We tend to have quite a bit left even after four of us have tucked in. I take the leftovers out of the cooking dish and seal them in a tub. They keep in the fridge for a day or two and make wonderful pasta bake sandwiches.

Can I Freeze Pasta Bake?

If you don’t fancy eating it every day for a week, you can portion it up and freeze in the same sealed tubs. Just defrost thoroughly and cook in an ovenproof dish until the chicken is piping hot.

Recipe

Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta bake in ovenproof dish, with pasta bowls
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Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Lots of cheese, lots of pasta and lots of yum!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British, Italian
Keyword: chicken, pasta bake
Servings: 6 People
Author: Donna

Ingredients

  • 300 g Penne -Cooked to packet instructions
  • 200 g Chorizo -Peeled and sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic -Crushed
  • 3 Chicken Breasts -Chopped
  • 400 g Tinned Cherry tomatoes
  • 400 g Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 75 g Soft Cheese
  • 25 g Parmesan cheese -Grated
  • 100 g Mozzarella -Grated
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Fry the chorizo in a little oil for 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and garlic and fry for 5-10 minutes until browned.
  • Add the tins of tomatoes and stir well. 
  • Stir in basil, oregano and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the soft cheese until it’s an even colour.
  • Add the pasta and mix well.
  • Tip into an ovenproof dish and top with grated parmesan and mozzarella. 
  • Bake in the for 30 minutes, until the top is bubbling and golden. 
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving (6 Portions)
Calories 536 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 486mg21%
Potassium 455mg13%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 42g84%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Notes

To save on washing up I often make this recipe in one large ovenproof dish.
Disclaimer:The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, such as specific ingredients used, but I have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
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