Baked penne with smoked chicken & mushrooms

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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.


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Baked penne with smoked chicken & mushrooms

Course Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g penne cooked

for the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 leeks washed and finely chopped
  • 250 g mushrooms sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 smoked chicken breasts cubed
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 400 ml milk
  • 100 ml cream
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 100 g mozzarella grated


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and grease a medium oven-proof casserole dish.
  • To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large pan and Sauté the leeks until soft and tender.
  • Add the mushrooms and fry until golden brown then add the garlic, thyme, paprika and smoked chicken.
  • Allow to fry for 5 minutes then add the flour and stir to coat the chicken and mushrooms with flour.
  • Pour in the milk and cream and allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest and season to taste.
  • Combine the sauce with the pasta and transfer to the casserole dish.
  • Top with the mozzarella and place in the oven.
  • Allow the pasta to bake for 15-20 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.
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Showing 7 comments
  • Amy Johnson

    Yum! This is absolutely delicious and so easy. Definitely a keeper.

  • 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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