Chicken Bacon and Tomato Pasta Bake | Slimming Eats Recipes (2024)

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Chicken Bacon and Tomato Pasta Bake - one of the best family-friendly pasta bakes EVER and Slimming Friendly too at just 518 calories per serving!!

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

This was one of those recipes that kind of came about by accident. You know the ones I mean right? The ones where you look in your fridge for inspiration for dinner, grab a few ingredients, mix together and voila a meal.

Sometimes those creations can be a disaster, but then there are times when the end result is so delicious, you want to make it again the next day.

I mean you can't really go wrong with bacon, chicken, tomatoes, pasta and cheese. Well, you possibly could, but you'd have to really try.

This is a real family pleaser and one I go back to again and again, as I know my whole family love it.

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Vegetable Sides for Pasta Bakes

There are some vegetables including in the pasta bake, but I like to pair this up with a big mixed salad, such as the following

  • Baby Leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Julienne Carrots
  • Red Onion
  • Beetroot

But choose your favourite salad items to pair this with.

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Chicken, Bacon and Tomato Pasta Bake - Slimming Friendly

Yield: SERVES 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Chicken Bacon and Tomato Pasta Bake - one of the best family-friendly pasta bakes EVER!!

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) of penne or fusilli pasta (can use gluten free)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 slices of lean bacon sliced into small pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts (skin and fat removed) cut into bitesize pieces (approx 350g/12.5oz)
  • 1 courgette (zucchini), finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 7 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 480ml (2 cups) of passata
  • 240ml (1 cup) of chicken stock
  • Handful of cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Splash of Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (puree in the uk)
  • 2 teaspoons of Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • 120g (4oz) of cheddar or can use mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200c, 180c fan, 400f or gas mark 6
  2. Place pasta into a saucepan of boiling hot water and cook until al dente, drain and rinse with cold water to prevent from cooking further, in the meantime follow step below.
  3. Spray a frying pan with some spray oil add, the chicken and cook until golden brown and set aside.
  4. Add the onion, garlic and bacon and brown for 2 mins.
  5. Add all other vegetables and cook for a further 5 mins
  6. Add the passata, stock, balsamic vinegar, Tabasco, tomato puree and oregano and bring to the boil then reduce the heat. Simmer, covered for about 20 mins .
  7. Add the mixture to a casserole dish, along with the pasta and chicken, season with salt and pepper and top with cheddar, then bake in the oven for approx 30mins until the cheese on top is melted and golden.
  8. Serve with your choice of sides.

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Nutrition Information

Yield 4Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 518Total Fat 16.2gSaturated Fat 7.2gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 56mgSodium 496mgCarbohydrates 44.6gFiber 7.2gSugar 11.9gProtein 44.7g

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  1. carol says

    Hi, I've just cooked your pasta bake for my dinner tonight it was so tasty I ate all of it! Yum! I've been going to a sw group for a few months and lost 1 stone 1 and1/2 lbs. I'm so glad I found your brilliant website! I've told all my sw friends about it and we're all excited! Thankyou.

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  2. Jenny Rawling says

    I cooked this tonight and it was delicious! I simplified it slightly by just chucking all the sauce ingredients in together rather than seperating the chicken, and I used cheddar rather than mozzarella, but otherwise as written. Thanks!

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  3. Anonymous says

    Looking forward to trying this next week! Just one question though, if the tom puree is 1 syn and the whole recipe is 1 syn, what about the mozzarella cheese?
    Thanks x

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    • Anonymous says

      the mozzarella is part of your daily HEa serving

      Reply

  4. Anonymous says

    Looking forward to trying this next week! Just one question though, if the tom puree is 1 syn and the whole recipe is 1 syn, what about the mozzarella cheese?
    Thanks x

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  5. Jenny Robinson says

    really good have been nibbling but this for tomorrows lunch

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  6. Jenny Robinson says

    made this again for last nights dinner really good

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  7. Michele Downey McCune says

    have 2 say it was great will do it gain

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  8. Gemma Burden says

    Well this was amazing! Something magical happened to the sauce while it was simmering. I usually have to add sugar and all sorts of condiments to tomato sauce but this didn't have the usual bitterness so was perfect!

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    • Siobhan (Slimming Eats) says

      that's great to hear, glad you enjoyed it

      Reply

  9. Philomena Loftus says

    I cooked your chicken and bacon pasta bake recipe at
    the weeekend. It was so tasty, and went down a treat with my family.So I will be certainly be cooking this a lot more often.

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  10. Joanne says

    Where do u buy the passata Siobhan?

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    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      Hey Joanne - It is stocked near the tomato paste/pizza sauces in most Canadian supermarkets (in tall jars) - costco also do a tray pack of 6 I think. If you are in the US, look for tomato puree (not paste) or crushed tomatoes in tins (think there are some cartons too)

      Reply

  11. Carrie says

    Hi

    Do you cook the chicken before adding it?

    Thanks

    Reply

    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      Hi Carrie, yes you do, you fry till golden, as per the instructions 🙂 - hope that helps.

  12. Carrie says

    Sorry, I missed that bit! Making this tomorrow, thank you.

    Reply

    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      you are welcome Carrie - enjoy 🙂

      Reply

  13. Kate says

    Tried this and loved it my 3 year old loved it too xx

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  14. Rhian Smith says

    Done this today. Absolutely georgous. Me and my 11 yr old son polished off a dish full each and there are 2 portions in the freezer. Definately recommend and will make again. Thanks for the recipie.

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  15. Moira Fox says

    Made this yesterday for dinner. It was delicious, and husband who says he doesn't like pasta bakes, had seconds.
    TBH I didn't have courgette but did have a leek so used that instead. Will definitely be making this again.

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  16. Rosie Butcher says

    Wow just wow!! This was so easy and so tastie, another dish that was a hit with all 3 of my boys and husband

    Reply

  17. kate says

    Can this be frozen I'm looking to do batch cooking and really need some ideas cause I'm a fussy eater I have about 4 stone to lose

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    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      Hi Kate, pasta is always best eaten once cooked, but I have frozen this and other pasta dishes plenty of times, it just means the pasta will not be al dente. So as long as you are okay with that, it's good. 🙂

      Reply

  18. Steven Williams says

    Another fabulous dish thank you.

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  19. Rosemary says

    All I can say is YUMM. Did not change anything but did add breadcrumbs on top of cheese in oven. Thanks for posting

    Reply

  20. Daryl says

    We made this pasta bake tonight and it was delish! I really enjoyed this, we used wholegrain fusilli pasta! Adding the tobacco and balsamic vinegar makes the sauce so much more yum! Will defo be making this one a week!

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    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      It's a family favourite, so I am really happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Reply

  21. Anglelan Loughran says

    Made this tonight and it was really lovely and a total hit with the family. Forgot to put the courgette in but it was still amazing, Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe. For some reason I cannot give it a star rating but if I could it would be 5 out of 5.

    Reply

  22. Anglelan Loughran says

    For some reason I cannot give it a star rating but if I could it would be 5 out of 5.. Made this tonight and it was really lovely and a total hit with the family. Forgot to put the courgette in but it was still amazing, Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe.

    Reply

    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      So happy to hear it was a hit with the family. I'm sorry to hear the rating feature wasn't working for you, you should just be able to click the number of stars you want to give and it comes through with your comment, but I will look into why it might not be working.

      Reply

  23. Sam says

    I’m thinking of making this on Monday, but I’m quite lazy. Do you think it would be ok if I made it using chicken thighs (I have some that need using up) and put all the ingredients minus the pasta into a slow cooker before mixing together in the casserole dish and adding cheese?

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    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      Sounds okay to me, should work fine. Let me know how it turns out.

      Reply

  24. Ron. says

    Made this last night using Turkey breasts that I wanted to use up, I also ran out of Tobacco sauce, so used just a tsp of Chilli powder instead.... It all came out great and was a hit with everyone. Will certainly make it again.

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  25. Sandra says

    I made this and it is delicious! Have recommended it to friends and colleagues

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  26. Sandie says

    Just made this the other day. It was fabulous. Had to leave out the mustard as i didn't have any and used just cheddar cheese. It had a great depth of flavour which is often missing in low fat recipes.

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  27. Kate says

    This has become a family favourite in my house, it is lovely & filling and easy to make.
    Thank you x

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    • Siobhan (Slimming Eats) says

      thanks Kate - glad to hear it's a family hit.

      Reply

  28. Stella says

    Is there a ‘best practice’ for real-heating this? I usually only use half, so have half left over. Thinking of covering in foil and cooking on GM4 for 45mins.....‍♀️

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    • Siobhan (Slimming Eats) says

      I freeze any leftovers and then defrost and reheat in the microwave or defrost and heat in oven. It's all fully cooked so you just need to ensure that however you reheat, that it is piping hot throughout.

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  29. Sheree says

    Cooked this tonight was delicious will definitely make it again

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  30. Tilly says

    Hi,
    Could I use leftover Roast chicken for this recipe? If I could, would I have to adjust the cooking time?

    Superb site, my “Go to” site most days now. Keep up the great work Siobhan.

    Reply

    • Siobhan (Slimming Eats) says

      yes cooked chicken should be fine, you may need to reduce the baking time a little.

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  31. Milly says

    Lovely, filling, easy recipe. All the family thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t have courgettes, so I replaced with peas. Defo one to keep.

    Reply

  32. Pauline Stephenson says

    This was the best one i have tried so far thankyou so much

    Reply

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