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Baked penne with smoked chicken & mushrooms

 In Chicken, Dinner/Supper, Pasta, Recipes

Baked penne with smoked chicken and mushrooms

This is one of those recipes that kind of just happened. I had kids nagging me for pasta and had some smoked chicken close to it’s expiry date and so decided to just throw everything together. The end result was a flavourful, satisfying pasta which is perfect for a quick, weeknight meal. I think some sweet peas or chopped zucchini would also be great in this quick and easy pasta.


Baked penne with smoked chicken & mushrooms.


Baked penne with smoked chicken & mushrooms
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4-6
  • 500g penne, cooked
for the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 leeks, washed and finely chopped
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 smoked chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 400ml milk
  • 100ml cream
  • juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 100g mozzarella, grated
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and grease a medium oven-proof casserole dish.
  2. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large pan and Sauté the leeks until soft and tender.
  3. Add the mushrooms and fry until golden brown then add the garlic, thyme, paprika and smoked chicken.
  4. Allow to fry for 5 minutes then add the flour and stir to coat the chicken and mushrooms with flour.
  5. Pour in the milk and cream and allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  6. Add the lemon juice and zest and season to taste.
  7. Combine the sauce with the pasta and transfer to the casserole dish.
  8. Top with the mozzarella and place in the oven.
  9. Allow the pasta to bake for 15-20 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve.
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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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Showing 5 comments
  • Nicole

    Hi Alida, ek wil broccoli by gooi, sal jy dit eers stoom/kook?
    Dankie 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Ja ek sal dit stoom totdat die steeltjies net-net sag is en dit dan by roer.

  • Alida Ryder

    Yes, it should be cooked.

  • Brenna

    Should the pasta be cooked already when added?

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