This cheap and cheerful recipe for Rocket & Pasta Bake is easy to make and the leftovers will last all week!
250gm penne pasta (half pack)
500gm chicken mince
1 brown onion (medium sized), finely sliced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
500gm tomato based pasta sauce
Hand full of fresh rocket
4-5 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated
Parmesan cheese, shaved or finely grated
Splash of olive oil
Fill half a large pot with water and bring to the boil. Add pasta and when cooked, strain and leave in strainer.
While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to frying pan and heat. Add the sliced onion and stir until browned. Now add the chicken mince, again stirring until browned. As the mince is browning, add tomato paste and 500 mg of tomato based pasta sauce and stir until ready. Whilst stirring, add in basil leaves for taste.
Place pasta in a baking dish, splash with a small amount of olive oil to ensure the pasta does not stick and then layer with a handful of fresh rocket, chicken mince mixture, then cover the pasta bake with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Put the Chicken, Rocket & Pasta Bake into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.
This recipe also tastes good reheated!
Serve with a glass of merlot and a fresh garden salad.