Do you love pasta? Try this nutritious bake!

If you are looking for a quick, easy and nutritious meal look no further than this baked chicken pasta. I suggest serving with a side salad or fresh veggies to make it a balanced meal. I used whole wheat pasta, you could easily substitute this with a legume based pasta to increase the protein content. If you are vegetarian you could omit the chicken and opt for a vegetarian meat alternative, beans or lentils instead. 
200g pasta of choice 
1 lb ground chicken 
1 jar favourite marinara sauce (or use ~2 cups of homemade marinara sauce if you prefer)
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 small onion, chopped 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1/2 bell pepper, chopped 
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped 
1/2 cup baby tomatoes, chopped in half 
1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated 
  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by spraying with cooking oil. 
  2. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Once water is boiling, add  pasta and cook pasta. (I suggest cutting down the cooking time by 2 minutes so the pasta doesn’t overcook when its baked in the oven). 
  3. While pasta cooks, add the chicken into a frying pan and cook until browned. Remove from heat once cooked.
  4. Heat olive oil in a medium sized saucepan. Add in chopped onion and cook until translucent and fragrant. Add in garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Add in remainder of vegetables (pepper, tomato, broccoli) and cook for ~3 minutes. 
  5. Add in tomato sauce, pasta, chicken to the vegetables and stir until combined. Add in fresh basil and stir. 
  6. Add mixture into baking pan. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven until cheese is melted and golden brown ~15 minutes.
I suggest trying to include different vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, squash, mushrooms, cauliflower in addition to or to replace the vegetables listed in the recipe. 
Do you love pasta? Try this nutritious bake!
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