Thursday, 20 March 2008

Baked penne with chicken and salami

Sometimes, I plan my dinners ahead of time and would buy specific ingredients to cook particular dishes. But quite often it is a case of seeing what I have in the fridge or larder and coming up with something to make use of leftover ingredients. I had some salami slices that needed to be used, as well as a small chunk of hard cheese. I ended up using them in a baked penne. The salami slices went all crispy in the oven and who could say no to melted cheese and a crispy crust?

Baked penne with cheese crust

Ingredients (serves 2):

Wholewheat penne (portions for 2)
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 chicken breast, sliced
1 small tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
Salt and pepper
10-12 slices of salami
50-80g grated cheese
Small handful of parsley, chopped

Method:

1. Cook the penne according to packet instructions until al dente.

2. While the pasta is cooking, saute the red onions until soft. Add the chicken breast and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, herbs if using, and season with salt and pepper.

3. Preheat oven to 180 C/gas mark 4. When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss in with the tomato mixture and stir to coat thoroughly. Pour the penne mixture into a casserole or baking dish. Top with slices of salami and then with grated cheese. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped parsley.

This can be a one-dish meal with the addition of vegetables like peppers or aubergine (eggplant) in with the penne, oOr serve with a side salad.

Using mozzorella would give a lovely and gooey texture. You can also use parmesan for a more intense flavour with less cheese. I used some leftover Double Gloucester cheese, which explained the orange colour and also gave it a nutty flavour.

Baked penne with chicken and salami

5 comments:

michelle @ TNS said...

i soon as i saw "salami" i knew i had to come check it out. i *heart* prk in all it's forms.

~Madeline~ said...

This looks like ultimate comfort food. I can't wait to try it, sounds delicious!

Kevin said...

That looks so good with the melted cheese. I like the salami in it as well.

Nilmandra said...

Michelle: It's hard to go wrong with salami!

Madeline: Thanks, "comfort food" is definitely the wrong term for this!

Kevin: The smell and taste of melted cheese makes me throw all diet caution out of the window ;)

noobcook said...

yummy! Melted cheese is always pleasing! :D~~

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