Chicken Ratatouille Pasta Bake

This chicken ratatouille and pasta bake recipe is so good, Disney made a movie about it (maybe)

Done in 30 mins

Tara Maini

Dish by Tara Maini

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Ingredients

This wonderfully layered chicken ratatouille is chock full of diced vegetable goodness and a beautiful grilled chicken breast. Layer on top a thick and creamy cheese sauce and then add even more grilled veggies to finish it off. It's dinner time and this chicken ratatouille recipe will set tongues wagging.

Method

Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper to season. Sear the chicken until golden brown on both sides, remove and set aside. 

Add a little bit more oil, and the chopped eggplant. Saute the eggplant until just soft and light caramelized, remove and set aside. 

In the same pan, add the onion and red chilli and cook until softened.  Add the garlic and oregano and cook until fragrant.  

Add the peppers and courgettes. Cook for a couple of minutes then add eggplant, tomato paste and stir to coat. Add the crushed tomato and simmer for another 20 minutes until slightly thickened. 

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dent. Keep a ½-1 cup of pasta cooking water.

Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the sauce with the chicken and stir to coat well, pour into a baking dish. 

Pre-heat oven to 200ºC. 

In a pan melt the butter. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk to make a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Add nutmeg and parmesan cheese. Continue cooking until bubbling and thick.

Stir through the cheddar and mozzarella mix in batches until smooth. Pour over the pasta. 

In a large bowl, mix together the sliced vegetables, oil and spices. Gently toss to coat evenly.  Arrange the vegetables in a repetitive pattern on top of the bechamel.  

Bake for 20 minutes or until the vegetables have softened and lightly browned.  Then grill for about 5 minutes until bubbling and a slight char on the vegetables.

Serve garnished with fresh basil, enjoy!

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Tara Maini

Tara Maini

Tara has always loved cooking, just ask her siblings. who acted as taste testers for all her creations growing up. As an adult, she trained in restaurants before heading to culinary school, where she mastered the basics of French cooking, baking and pastry – her biggest passion today. She might have fine dining training, but Tara still has simple taste...she’d eat chicken nuggets every day if she could. When she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find Tara try to work out, reading cookbooks and finding new hobbies besides food.

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