No-Boil Baked Pasta {One Pan}

A very easy “add-all-ingredients-to-a-pan and bake” pasta recipe, that will leave you wanting more…

 

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The month end means it is time for the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge. This is one challenge that I have been participating in since the inception of it years ago, and still enjoy doing the posts for it. Somehow, my blog seems to be having content only because of the Blogging Marathon and this challenge. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be making an attempt to make new posts. Somehow, cooking has become something that just needs to get done, as long as the folks eat what is being made. I haven’t even baked in a really long while, which explains a completely spoiled cake that happened in my kitchen over the weekend, that I wanted to cry. It is funny sometimes how I am still a “food blogger” when I hardly cook… πŸ˜€

 

Anyway, this month, the theme for this challenge was “Cook what you like”. I loved the theme, because it kept the whole challenge open for everyone to choose what they want to. This time, I was teamed up with Priya Vijaykrishnan, with whom I am doing this challenge for the first time. Her blog is a treasure of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Even though I was very tempted to try push an idea of having a theme, I kept it to myself. I am sometimes known to force upon my ideas onto my teammates, which of late, I realize was not the best thing that I have been doing. πŸ˜€ Anyway, after a little discussion, she gave me the secret ingredients of mixed herbs and cream, while I gave her mustard and cumin. While I go on with my post, do check out what she cooked with her secret ingredients…

 

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Ever since I found this way of making pasta, I have given up on making it the traditional way. I can attribute that mainly to my laziness to wash more dishes. Hehe… Then I discovered a way of just putting pasta along with all other ingredients into a baking tray and just allowing the oven to work on its magic. I actually wasn’t sure when I landed up on it. I had all sorts of questions – would the pasta be cooked, would the sauce be too runny, would the chicken be cooked, am I sure I want to do this, so on and so forth… But the ‘keeda’ in me really wanted to try it for myself and see how successful it would be. If you notice, I love my one-pot baked meals like this rice casserole and this chicken n veg casserole. They make absolutely easy and fulfilling meals. Now I add this pasta onto the list. It was a huge success and will be a must try for the pasta dinners – or lunches. πŸ™‚

 

The prep time for this dish is absolutely minimal. All ingredients used are store cupboard ingredients, except the protein you end up using. I used boneless chicken breasts and cut them into small pieces to ensure that they get cooked. The tomato sauce, broth and cream are ingredients we would otherwise use. Once baked, you may feel that there is a lot of liquid in it, but when the pasta sits, it thickens and the texture becomes nice and creamy. I am sure that once you try it, you will be hooked onto making it each time you crave for pasta, without messing up your hands too much. πŸ˜‰ Off to the recipe…

 

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5 from 12 votes

No-Boil Baked Pasta {One Pan}

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda AR

Ingredients

  • 300-350 gm boneless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 400 gm macaroni of choice one pack
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes 400 gm
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth refer notes
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 200 gm mixed parmesan and mozarella cheese I didn't use

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Keep a baking dish ready, greased with olive oil.
  • Cut the chicken into small peices. Toss with the garlic powder, paprika powder and salt. Spread on the tray.
  • Open the pasta pack and spread on top of the chicken.
  • Now layer in the tomato sauce, chicken broth and cream one on top of the other. Using a spatula, give a slight mix.
  • Sprinkle in the seasonings. Cover the tray with two layers of aluminuim foil and pock at a few places for steam to escape.
  • Bake for 50 minutes. Take out and remove the foil. Be careful of the hot steam.
  • Sprinkle the cheese if using with more seasonings of choice and bake for another 10-15 minutes till the cheese melts.
  • Serve hot...

Notes

I made the chicken stock by combining 2 cubes of stock into one litre of warm water.Β 
Instead of using one whole cup of cream, you can use milk for half the quantity.Β 
Be creative with your seasoning.
I used chunky tomato passata, you can use any tomato sauce of your choice.Β 
I didn't use cheese since I ran out of cheese in my pantry. But remember, cheese makes pasta better, so use it... πŸ˜€

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  1. 5 stars
    Rafeeda now you have transferred the ‘keeda’ to me. Can’t wait to get back home to try out this easy no fuss baked pasta dish. Sometimes I feel so lazy and cannot be bothered to prepare all the ingredients required separately and thus shelve the idea of making pasta. I will try out your recipe with mushrooms and other veggies.

  2. 5 stars
    What a lovely bake! Love the creamy texture. Looks hearty and filling. Can’t wait to try this out with veggies. πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    the kids prefer pasta on a weekend meal in place of the usual south indian fare. I love this no-fuss baked pasta that I can’t wait to try, Rafeeda.

  4. 5 stars
    Cannot wait for sunday the day I am to lazy to even list a spoon. This pasta is so easy to make and both hubby and I will enjoy it. Definitely making it with loads of cheese no chicken so will use soya granules. Thanks a lot.

  5. 5 stars
    Who hoo!! winner winner! I love this. This means one pot to wash and I can do this after coming back from work.

  6. 5 stars
    Loved this no boil baked pasta recipe, it’s quick nd easy to prepare. Will try veg version very soon. No doubt ur family had a great day with this food.

  7. 5 stars
    Rafeeda this baked one pan pasta sounds irresistible. It is so quick and fuss free. I would love to try this recipe as my boys love pasta. Bookmarking this recipe .

  8. 5 stars
    Baked Pasta- I am game . Ever since we discussed about this, I was eager to check this recipe. Such an easy way to cook up all together and enjoy a wholemeal.

  9. 5 stars
    Wow baked pasta and without boiling. Sounds great. Pasta looks so creamy and delectable. I would love to try this no boil baked pasta with soya nuggets instead of chicken. Kids will definitely love this cheesy delicious baked pasta. Loved the easy and quick recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    baked one-pan pasta sounds irresistible. Love the fact that there is no need to boil pasta separately!

  11. 5 stars
    My kids love pasta, and this is such a time saver. Just put it in the oven and enjoy it when it is ready. Bookmarking to try it out soon.

  12. 5 stars
    Rafeeda the clicks are so tempting, that I feel like I wish I could grab some. I love to make this one-pan pasta as it becomes so easy to do. I do make the veg version, but my daughter loves chicken or meat in her pasta and I would love to try this for her.

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