This long weekend is a good time to practice cooking food you'd like to serve this festive season. This recipe is perfect to serve when hosting a family gatherings at home. You can also bring this pasta dish one to bring to a potluck party with friends.
Either way--whether served at home or brought to a potluck--this filling and savory treat will no doubt garner you praises. Make it stress-free by cooking the tomato and cheese sauce ahead of time, then assemble and bake when ready to serve.
Serves 8 to 10 Prep Time 30 minutes Cooking Time 1 hour
Here's what you'll need:
For the tomato sauce 200 grams bacon, diced 1 tablespoon cooking oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 head garlic, minced 1/2 small onion, chopped 1 teaspoon rock salt 800 grams roast chicken, shredded 2 (250-gram) cans diced tomatoes, drained 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup tomato paste 6 to 8 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 10 fresh basil leaves, torn
For the cheese sauce 1/2 cup butter 1 (250-ml) pack all-purpose cream 1 cup evaporated milk 1 cup grated melting cheese (we used Quickmelt) salt to taste 500 grams penne, cooked according to package directions 1 cup ricotta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup grated melting cheese (we used Quickmelt)
1 Make the tomato sauce: Lightly fry bacon in oil until slightly cooked. Add butter, garlic, onion, salt, and shredded chicken. Sauté for 5 minutes.
2 Add diced tomatoes, water, tomato paste, oregano, and black pepper. Blend well and simmer, partially covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.
3 Add basil leaves and continue to simmer over low heat for another 10 minutes. Set aside.
4 Make the cheese sauce: Melt butter over low heat. Add cream, milk, and cheese. Add salt to taste. Continue to simmer until cheese melts and the mixture is well blended.
5 To assemble, layer cooked penne, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and cheese sauce in a rectangular baking dish. Repeat until dish is full. Sprinkle top layer with Parmesan and melting cheeses. Bake in a preheated oven set at 375°F for 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese has melted.
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Photography by Kai Huang. Food Preparation by Rachelle Santos. Prop Styling by Cleone Baradas
This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph. Find more holidays recipes here.