Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

A very easy, quick and fancy recipe which everyone will love and wonder how much effort you have put in but really all you have done is mix the stuff at the right time over right heat 😀  ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR SAUCE

  • 600 mL cooking cream
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • ½ tspn onion powder
  • 1 cup sharp parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 100 gms butter
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup green onions shopped
  • 1 chicken stock cube/ 1 tbspn chicken salt
  • 1 tbspn cracked black pepper
  • Salt to taste (be careful, because parmesan cheese is salty and we are adding chicken salt as well)

FOR PASTA

  • 500 gms pasta cooked to al dente
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbspns heapful (parmesan cheese)
  • Few sprigs green onion chopped

Method:

  • Boil pasta, run through some cold water and keep aside.
  • Preheat oven in broil mode to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Measure the cheeses, mix them and keep the blend in refrigerator.
  • For alfredo, melt butter in a pan and fry chicken until its white, add salt, pepper, chicken salt, garlic powder, onion powder and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are cooked at well. Add cream and bring it to boil.
  • Add parmesan cheese and mix well until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened. Add pasta and mix. Remove from heat and transfer to your Pyrex baking dish. Top with the cheese blend and broil from 15 – 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and gives that crusty golden color.
  • Garnish with some chopped scallions and serve hot.
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Asian Inspired Chicken Vegetable Pasta

A very famous dish in Pakistani home cooking among young girls and probably a favorite of all age groups. Normally people add all the veggies and the sauce right after the chicken is cooked and then pasta at the end which make veggies soggy and discolored and obviously everything taste like sauce and lose their own taste, so I have told you my technique below where you know when to add what and you get a perfect full of life and taste pasta to see and eat.

Easy to make and yum to eat!

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Ingredients:

  • 500 gms pasta boiled (any pasta)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 chicken breast cut into thin strips
  • Salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • ½ cabbage sliced (3 cups approx.)
  • 2 carrots julienne (1 ½ cup approx.)
  • 1 capsicum sliced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger

FOR SAUCE

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup chilli sauce of your choice
  • 2 tbspns ketchup
  • 1 tspn ground black pepper
  • ¼ tspn white pepper
  • 1 tspn chicken salt/ chicken stock powder

Procedure:

  • In a cup combine all the ingredients given for sauce and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a wok and fry chicken strips with garlic and ginger. Add salt when the chicken turns white. Now add cabbage and carrots and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the boiled pasta and mix. Add the sauce we prepared earlier and stir for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add scallions and capsicum, top it with some freshly cracked black pepper and mix.
  • Cook further for another minute with constant mixing and stirring and serve hot.

Penne Alfredo with Grilled Chicken

Easy & Fancy dinner idea. The creamy parmesan sauce and well seasoned chicken breasts go hand in hand….. very yummy!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 4 small size chicken breasts
  • Some salt
  • Some cracked black pepper
  • Some onion powder
  • Some garlic powder
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • Some olive oil

FOR PENNE ALFREDO

  • 500 gms penne pasta (al dente)
  • 800mL cooking cream
  • 250 gms shredded parmesan cheese
  • 100 gms butter
  • Some salt
  • Some cracked red chillies (Optional, I like them so I add them)
  • Black pepper
  • ¼ tspn onion powder
  • ½ tspn garlic powder
  • 10 mushrooms sliced
  • ½ tspn chives
  • 2 tbspns scallions (green part only)

Procedure:

-Take the chicken breast fillets and pound then until they are 1cm thick. Marinade with everything except olive oil and keep aside for at least an hour.

-Heat the grill pan, drizzle some olive oil and grill those chicken fillets (5 minutes per side) on medium – high heat.

-Meanwhile your chicken is grilling let’s make our sauce. Melt some butter in a skillet and stir fry mushrooms until they change colour. Now add cream and all the seasonings except chives and scallions. Stir.

-When the sauce begins to simmer add parmesan cheese and keep stirring until it melts and mix with the sauce and the sauce becomes thick. This should take probably 4 – 5 minutes on medium heat.

-Now add boiled pasta in your sauce and swirl the pan. Add chives and scallions and divide the pasta in 4 equal portions. Serve each portion in a separate deep plate. Put the grilled chicken breast on top, garnish with some scallions and shaved parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Pollo e Funghi

Lean chicken pieces, spring onions, freshly sliced mushrooms cooked with grated parmesan cream sauce …..

I use one pan for this dish to get all the flavors and if you go through other recipes, they call for boiled chicken. I think boiled chicken is just too bland, so I marinate my chicken in aromatic spices and stir fry it before putting it into the cream sauce.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 350 gms pasta (penne, any)
  • 300 mL fresh full cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese + some extra to garnish
  • 4 tbspns chopped spring onion to garnish
  • 100 gms butter
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach

FOR CHICKEN

  • 1 chicken breast cut into thin slices
  • Some salt and pepper to season
  • ½ tspn onion powder
  • ½ tspn garlic powder
  • ½ tspn paprika

Procedure:

-Boil pasta to al dente.

-Marinade chicken for 30 minutes. Melt butter in a pan and stir fry marinated chicken until its cooked but not too dark.

-Take it out and in the same pan, in the same chicken flavoured butter fry mushrooms and take them out with the chicken.

-Now melt some more butter in the same pan and add cream. Let it cook on low heat for 2 minutes and then add parmesan cheese. When the sauce begins to thicken add stir fried chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. Mix and add boiled pasta.

-Mix & toss.

-Dish out and garnish with some spring onion and parmesan cheese.

-Serve hot.

Easy Mincemeat Pasta Bake

Easy and fancy for busy chefs ……

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms mincemeat
  • 500 gms pasta (any bite size pasta, penne, macaroni,) + some salted boiling water to boil the pasta
  • 1 kg pasta sauce/ 2 cans Italian diced tomatoes + ½ kg chopped fresh tomatoes + your favourite herbs + some seasoning + ½ cup grated romano/ parmesan + 2 tbspns olive oil + 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 chopped brown onion
  • 1 chopped capsicum
  • 500 gms chopped button mushrooms

FOR TOPPING

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup cheddar
  • Some romano cheese
  • Some veggies if you like

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a pan and fry onion and minced garlic until it is translucent.

-Add mincemeat and break it into pieces. When it begins to change its color add canned tomatoes and chopped tomatoes along with everything mentioned in sauce contents otherwise use 1kg leggos/ passata/ dolmio pasta sauce.

-Let it cook for about 30 minutes if making your own sauce otherwise 15 minutes on low medium heat.

-Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes and then at the end add capsicum and remove the sauce from the flame.

-Add boiled pasta and toss. Put the entire thing in a rectangular pyrex baking dish and top it up with the cheese and veggies.

-Broil in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes or until the topping is hot, brown and bubbly. Take it out and serve.

 

Beef Lasagna with Ricotta Filling

Ahhhhhh…….. Out of this world!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 375g instant lasagne sheets
  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 litre marinara sauce/ Bolognese sauce (1 kg chopped tomatoes & 2 cans Italian tomatoes with some oregano, thyme and rosemary……. Simmered on low heat for 30 minutes…….. season with salt and pepper)
  • 300 gms chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • 2 tbspns oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Some mozzarella for topping

FOR RICOTTA FILLING

  • 300 gms fresh ricotta
  • 200 gms steamed chopped spinach
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 tbspns parsley
  • A handful of fresh crumbled mozzarella
  • A handful of fresh tasty cheddar
  • 2 eggs

Procedure:

-Heat oil and sauté minced garlic. After a minute add beef mince and break it into small pieces while cooking through. When it starts changing its colour, add marinara sauce. Cook for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.

-Now in a separate mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients given for ricotta filling and mix well.

-Now grease a pyrex rectangular lasagne baking dish, and lay a layer of lasagne sheets. Then some meat sauce, then lasagne sheets, then ricotta filling, then another layer of lasagne sheets, then some béchamel sauce, then again some ricotta filling, another layer of lasagne sheets and then the last layer of marinara sauce. Top it with some mozzarella cheese and cover it with aluminium foil. Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes. Then take off the aluminium foil and broil for 10 minutes at 200 degree Celsius.

-Take out, let it cool for 10 minutes, slice and serve.

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