I think most of us in the UK were holding out for an Indian summer but we can’t deny it any longer, autumn is upon us. The distinct smell of autumn is in the air, leaves are on the ground and the early mornings and evenings are cold! That means it is time to start warming up with comfort food such as stews, hot curries and pasta bakes. Keep your home warm with one of these meals and you may be able to hold off turning the heating on for a little longer.
Which foods do you turn to when the weather starts changing?
Chicken, bacon and leek pasta bake recipe
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
- 2 rashers streaky bacon, chopped and dry fried until cooked
- 1 leek, chopped and steamed for a couple of minutes until slightly tender
- 500g pasta, cooked as per instructions, and then drained
- 30g butter
- A generous tbsp plain flour
- 600ml milk
- 100g grated cheddar cheese (or whatever your favourite cheese is)
- Whilst the pasta is cooking put the butter, flour and milk into a saucepan and heat very gently stirring continuously. This is very important if you are using this ‘all-in-one’ method. If you prefer to use the roux method, then do.
- The sauce will gradually thicken but keep stirring until it comes to the boil. Then turn down the heat and add the pepper to taste.
- Allow to simmer for a 5 minutes.
- Add half of the grated cheese to the sauce and stir whilst it is melting
- Remove from the heat and add the drained pasta, chicken, bacon and leek and mix gently ensuring everything is coated in the sauce.
- Put the pasta into an oven dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top
- If eating straightaway place the dish under a hot grill to melt the cheese, if eating later heat the pasta bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºC/ Gas mark 4 for about 30 minutes until hot
- I prefer it baked in the oven to get some crunch to some of the pasta.
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