This is a simple chicken and pasta dish that kids love. It is easy to do and tastes great. Also it is a sneaky way of getting vegetables into kids without them knowing.
You will need
2 sticks of celery
3 cloves of garlic
Some fresh thyme
One tin of tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
4 chicken breast
500g/1ld dry pasta
50g/2oz mature Cheddar cheese
First you have to make your sauce. Now you can use this sauce with all kinds of things; it is a basic tomato sauce that is made, as far as I know, all over the place and is full of good things.
Take you carrot, onion, celery and garlic and cut them up in a rufough fashion. You do not have to worry too much as all of this is going to be placed in to a blender. Add this to a pan with the tin of tomatoes and the tomato purée. Take the empty tomato can and fill it full of water twice and add that to the pan each time. Then turn on the heat and let it all cook away till it has reduced by two thirds.
Once the sauce has cooked you can blend it all together then pass it through a sieve so that you do not get any long strands of vegetable in it, especially from the celery.
So now you need to cook your pasta. Add it to boiling water and let it cook but do not cook it totally. You want it still to be a little under cooked as it is going into an oven and will cook some more with the sauce and chicken.
Take your chicken and dice that and seal it all in a frying pan. Then add the pasta and the sauce and make sure that everything is completely mixed together. Now place in to a dish and cover with the grated cheese and bake in the oven for about twenty minutes, until the chicken is cooked.
And that is it. A great pasta bake that has a good load of vegetables in it but dose not look like it.