Quick Béchamel Pasta with Chicken

30 min.
Enjoy our recipe for béchamel pasta, which pairs tender pasta and juicy chicken with a creamy cheese béchamel sauce. Fresh courgette, aubergine, corn, and mushrooms enrich each bite with wonderful flavors and textures. This easy recipe bakes to a golden finish, making it an ideal comfort food or a delightful dish for family meals.


4 servings


Questions about béchamel pasta

Below, we provide answers to the most frequently asked questions to best help you make béchamel pasta. Find out how to make the dish ahead of time and how to store it.
Can you make béchamel pasta ahead of time? 

Yes, you can prepare the pasta dish in advance. After assembling all the ingredients in your baking dish, simply cover it tightly and store it in the refrigerator. This approach saves time and can enhance the flavors as they meld together overnight. When you are ready to serve, remove the dish from the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature, and then bake it as directed. This ensures your pasta is deliciously hot and perfectly cooked when served.

Can you use leftover chicken for béchamel pasta?

Yes, you can use leftover chicken. Since it has already been cooked, you can skip the step where you would normally fry the raw chicken in oil. Instead, simply add it along with the sauce. While fresh chicken might have a bit more flavor, leftover chicken can still contribute great taste and texture to the béchamel pasta.

Can you freeze béchamel pasta for later?

Yes, you can freeze béchamel pasta. Before freezing, let the pasta cool down completely. Then, put it in a freezer-friendly container or wrap it tightly in foil. It will stay good for up to one month. When you are ready to have it, thaw it overnight in the fridge before you reheat it in the oven or on the stove. If the sauce seems too thick, add a bit of milk.

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Tips: Get the best béchamel pasta

Learn to achieve a golden bake and select the ideal pasta with our helpful tips.

Get a perfect golden crust

To get the perfect golden crust on your béchamel pasta, bake the dish without a cover ​​at 190°C. This helps the top layer crisp up nicely, offering a tasty contrast to the creamy layers below. If the top starts to brown too much, loosely cover the dish with aluminium foil to stop it from burning while it finishes baking. After taking the pasta out of the oven, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This allows the pasta to firm up, making it easier to slice and serve while keeping its shape.

Choose the right pasta for béchamel bake

For a delicious béchamel pasta bake, use medium-sized pasta like penne or ziti. These shapes hold the sauce well and stay firm in the oven, ensuring a well-coated, delicious bite. While penne and ziti work great, you can also use other shapes, like fusilli or macaroni, that soak up the sauce and blend well with the dish.

Drain vegetables well

Ensure the sautéed vegetables are properly drained. This will prevent excess moisture from making the dish watery.

Enjoy our comforting béchamel pasta

Dive your spoon into this delicious béchamel pasta bake and let the warm steam rise, filling the air with delicious aromas. Our recipe offers a rich and indulgent meal packed with great flavours that comfort you whenever you need it. This simple dish combines smooth béchamel sauce with pasta and chicken, making it a perfect, cosy meal for the whole family.

Tender chicken coated in creamy béchamel sauce

The best béchamel pasta is the one that perfectly marries tender pieces of chicken with a creamy white sauce. Every bite is filled with delightful flavours and textures. The chicken is lightly fried in the pan to seal in its rich and flavourful juices. When coated in béchamel sauce, the pasta and chicken together deliver a creamy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth experience that you look for in comfort food.

With earthy and colorful vegetables

Adding a few colorful vegetables gives the béchamel pasta bake a delightful twist. As the aubergine, courgette, corn, and mushrooms fry in the pan, they caramelise and release their natural sugars. This caramelisation is crucial as it infuses the dish with an earthy sweetness. The vegetables also develop a slight crust in the pan, which adds texture to each bite.

Perfect golden crust

The secret to perfect béchamel pasta is the balance of different tastes and textures. Baking the dish in the oven transforms the top into a deliciously crunchy golden crust. The layer of béchamel sauce mixed with cheese melds seamlessly with the pasta beneath, creating a rich and crispy surface. This golden-brown finish gives the dish an inviting visual appeal and provides a delightful bite.

Are you looking for more pasta dishes? Try our recipes for a delicious carbonara pasta bake or Texmex Chicken Pasta Bake.

Great for a quick and hearty meal

Our béchamel pasta bake recipe is simple, easy, and quick to prepare. It is perfect for those days when time is tight or you are in the mood for a quick yet delicious meal. Whether you are pressed for time or not, this dish quickly becomes a family favorite. Pair it with a light, mixed green salad dressed in a fresh vinaigrette or roasted vegetables for an effortless family dinner where flavour takes centre stage.

Make it your own

There are many ways to personalise this dish. If you prefer turkey breast, use it in place of chicken. Turkey's denser texture provides a heartier bite, although it may require a few extra minutes to cook. For a different yet tasty option, consider using delicate shrimp or tender white fish like cod.

Another great way to make the dish your own is to incorporate your favorite vegetables. Red peppers, spinach, and cherry tomatoes are great additions to the dish. Butternut squash and sweet potatoes, which become very tender during cooking, contribute a subtle sweetness. Additionally, sprinkling in a handful of fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or thyme is a simple way to inject a burst of freshness into the meal.

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