Chicken, leek & pea pasta bake

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter , plus extra for greasing
  • 350 g conchiglie pasta
  • olive oil
  • 2 leeks , roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic , peeled and minced
  • 100 ml chicken stock
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 150 g frozen peas
  • 200 g cooked chicken , diced
  • 225 ml milk
  • 250 g ricotta
  • 60 g Parmesan , grated

Method

Recipe by the Chiappa sisters

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Grease a 30 x 25cm baking dish. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water, for slightly less time than given on the packet so it’s just undercooked. Drain and run under cold water to stop it from cooking further. Return to the saucepan and coat with a drizzle of olive oil.

Meanwhile, place the butter in a frying pan and gently fry the leeks for 10 minutes or until they’re soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the stock and wine, then cook for 8–10 minutes, or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Add the peas, stir and cook for 30 seconds.

To the drained pasta, add the leek mixture, chicken, milk and two-thirds of the ricotta. Mix gently to combine and season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the pasta mixture into the baking dish. Top with the Parmesan, remaining ricotta and drizzle with olive oil, if you like. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until piping hot and starting to crisp up on top.

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