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Chicken Bolognese Pasta Bake

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • olive oil spray
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 500g lean chicken mince
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 125g button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 220g tub baby bocconcini, drained
  • 2 cups salt reduced tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 400g short-cut pasta (such as macaroni, spirals, shells), cooked until al dente
  • 375ml can reduced fat evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour, dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 cup grated reduced fat cheddar cheese
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Method

  1. 1. Lightly spray a non-stick frypan with oil spray and heat over medium heat. Cook onion for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned, add mince and cook for 5 minutes until golden brown and moisture has evaporated. Stir in vegetables and continue cooking for a further 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Stir in pasta sauce and water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. 2. Stir sugar, bocconcini and pasta into the sauce and season to taste. Spoon mixture into a 30cm x 20cm baking dish or 4 individual oven-proof dishes.
  3. 3. Heat evaporated milk in a small saucepan until just boiling. Gradually whisk in cornflour paste and cook until just thickened. Stir in half the cheese and pour over the pasta. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. 4. Bake at 200°C for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and cool slightly before serving.

Tips / Handy Hints

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes If using large bocconcini, chop into bite-size pieces before stirring through the pasta. Pasta bake can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated until required. Using evaporated milk adds even more calcium to this dish than using regular milk.

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serve:
Energy (kj) 3844
Protein (g) 66.2
Fat, Total (g) 29.3
Saturated (g) 8.1
Carbohydrates (g) 90.9
Sugars (g) 24.5
Dietry Fibre (g) 14.3
Sodium (mg) 1091
Calcium (mg) 797
Iron (mg) 7.6

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