Creamy Tomato Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake


April 2, 2018

Creamy Tomato Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake 5 0 5 32

A creamy, cheesy, tomato based, chicken and pasta recipe - so simple and tasty!

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 45 mins
  • 20 mins

    4 hrs 45 mins

    5 hrs 5 mins

  • Yields: 5


1kg diced chicken fillets (breast or thigh)

600ml cooking cream

1 red onion diced

1-2 tsp cracked black pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon of minced garlic (2-3 cloves)

190g jar of tomato or sun dried tomato pesto

1/2 cup of sliced green shallots

1 cup small pasta shells

1 cup tasty grated cheese (I use light cheese but you can use full fat too)


1Add chicken to slow cooker

2Combine cream, onion, pepper, garlic and pesto and pour over chicken

3Cook on LOW for 3.5-4hrs

4Add raw pasta and shallots, stir and cook on LOW an additional 30minutes (for small shells, larger pasta types might need 45mins+)

5Add cheese and stir through to mix and cook approximately 15mins more or until melted

6Serve with steamed greens or on it's own


1I think spinach would also make a nice addition added at the end to wilt before serving

Submitted by Paulene Christie


50 Reviews

Dianne Waite

July 15, 2018

Another yummy dish next time might add some mushrooms 👍😊


July 9, 2018

Cooked this tonight with spinach and normal thickened cream . perfect consistency , a tad bland on first taste but added salt and sugar and it was lovely with steamed veg

Cass Jones

July 6, 2018

Absolutely LOVE this dish!! So easy and super tasty. I add mushrooms and spinach 😋


July 5, 2018

Cooked this the other night, was absolutely delicious, will definitely be making it again.


July 5, 2018

This recipe is delicious! Used chicken thigh and added mushrooms and fresh spinach, my partner said it is the best slow cooker meal I have ever cooked. Thanks for sharing .


July 4, 2018

My sons allergic to gluten and the only gluten free pasta I could find was spaghetti noodles, Do you think it’ll still work? Also I can’t use Shallots either cause my partners allergic.

Roz Ching

June 30, 2018

Didn’t take as long as recipe stated in my slow cooker but was delicious will definitely do again.


June 28, 2018

Absolute family favourite my kids polished their plates. They even think I should be a chef after cooking this 🙂 will be making this a regular meal in this house


June 24, 2018

Cooked the chicken side of this, and will freeze before the addition of the pasta… however, maybe it’s just me being generous with my portions, but I find this only really serves 4?


June 21, 2018

Cooked this a few times now its delish I add a little more pasta and some frozen veg yummy 🙂


June 21, 2018

Would halving the recipe, fit in the 1.5L slow cooker?

Wow thanks Greg 🙂

Greg Andrews

June 20, 2018

Absolutely loved this, awesome flavour, simple to make. The wife loves it too and told me i am definitely making this again. Thanks to the original poster. 10 out of 10.


June 17, 2018

Tasted amazing. I doubled the whole recipe as I’ve got a big tribe, and also added spinach, mushrooms and bacon. Will be a regular on our menu.

It absolutley will 🙂


June 15, 2018

10/10 my family love it! I can’t wait to try it again


June 15, 2018

I can’t eat pasta do you think it would go alright over mashed potatoes instead.

jayden carter

June 13, 2018

One of my absolute favourites!
Will make a double batch next time so I can put one half into pies.
Just so a can drag out the delicious-ness a little longer.
Thank you!


June 11, 2018

Thought this was a great dish however too much of the one flavor for me to have just this so I added fresh steamed veggies on my plate and it was very yummy. Have frozen leftovers for when hubby is on night shift

I think that would be fine 🙂

Cheryl Tremayne

June 9, 2018

This was absolutely delicious. A winner for sure. Quick question – I was thinking of having the cooking cream and pesto “on hand” so I could make it on a minute’s notice, so to speak. We always have chicken in the freezer. Someone suggested spinach would be a nice addition and I am inclined to agree and was going to add it next time. Frozen spinach should be ok, shouldn’t it? If so, I can have it “on hand” too.


June 8, 2018

Hubbys new number one favourite, will definitely be making this again.

Bridgette Morgan

June 4, 2018

Omg! This was so delicious.. My 1.5 year old loved it, i will definitely be making this one again. If you’re a lover of creamy cheesy pasta dishes, this will not disappoint. Yum!


June 3, 2018

I made this tonight although I decided to add 2 cups of pasta not even thinking it would soak up the sauce.. it was still delicious I think I’d double the sauce next time..


June 3, 2018

What a winner…the kids and I loved it….so easy and tasted great..we will be having this again soon.

krisharna Davies

June 3, 2018

such a great simple meal to make and I have 1 fussy kid and one non fussy and they wanted more so I’ll be making it again

Danni M

May 31, 2018

Hubby is onto his 4th bowl as I type….
This tasted perfect. I accidentally popped the cheese in at the start because I don’t read through recipies properly , I added some bacon and spinach too and it’s definitely on my list of regular meals


May 31, 2018

Made this and loved it , I might cut a bit of cream out next time or put more pasta in


May 14, 2018

Just wondering if this would freeze well? 1kg of chicken is 3-4 family meals so I’m hoping we can make for dinner and freeze leftovers?

It certainly not meant to mix with coconut flavours :/
That’s a big difference.
I’d try it again as it’s intended 🙂


May 7, 2018

Tried this and wasn’t that great. I had to use coconut cream instead of normal cream, maybe that was the reaso. But not a fave in our house and would make again but glad I gave it a go and pretty simple to make. 😊

Andrea Crocombe

April 29, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Added some baby spinach at the end per the suggestion and am adding this to my favourites ☺


April 29, 2018

I used lactose free cream and didn’t cut the chicken breast I just shredded it before adding the pasta. I also added peas as my son loves them. It was such a great one pot dish!

Leteeshia Aitcheson

April 27, 2018

Didn’t dice chicken breast, just threw it in and pulled/shredded when adding the pasta and shallots. Also added a pinch of salt. And added about 3 hand full of large pasta shells.
I cooked on low for 5hrs and it’s amazing. Melt in your mouth. My partner LOVES it and keeps going back for more. Definetly making this again.

Hanna Mc

April 26, 2018

Tried this recipe today for the first time. Didn’t add the shallots as family aren’t too keen but it was still a hit with all the family (including hubby chef and 11 month old son)
Very impressed and definitely will be cooking this again!


April 25, 2018

Absolutely Beautiful! I served with steamed broccoli & zucchini. Such an easy yet versatile dish!!

It would be a much stronger tomato flavour than the pesto I think but you could 🙂

Michelle Ivey

April 22, 2018

My family loved this and they are so fussy when I cook meals in the slow cooker. I will definitely cook this again, finally had a win.


April 21, 2018

Does it have to be pesto or can I use Tomato Paste?


April 19, 2018

Tried this tonight, unfortunately the smell was a lot better then the taste, very bland

Kate Williamson

April 15, 2018

We love this so much! I don’t add the onion or shallots . I also cook the pasta seperate as I don’t have it but the others do. I love the sundried tomato flavour. It’s cooking away right now for our dinner.


April 10, 2018

Delicious and so easy! Kids loved it too. Thank you.

Lisa Saragas

April 10, 2018

This was a big winner in my house! So yummy!!! We used chicken breast which was a bit dry, we might put the breast in whole next time and shred. Also think adding bacon and even chopped sundried tomatoes as well as the pesto will give it that extra texture! A must try 😃

Ann Noonan

April 10, 2018

Your right Paulene did make me want to lick the plate but a slice of bread mopped up every last bit ….delicious thank you

Imogen Bizilis

April 9, 2018

This was delicious! My husband and almost 2 year old inhaled their dinner! Was absolutely a winner in our house and ill be making it again for sure. Next time i think ill stir some chopped avocado in right at the end which i think would be a nice addition but this recipe was perfect without it! Super yummy!


April 9, 2018

This was delicious! My husband and almost 2 year old inhaled it! So easy but so tasty! Definitely a winner that I’ll make again!


April 8, 2018

Tried this for the first time. Family found it to be quite bland in flavour

Kerron Steen

April 6, 2018

A bit too rich for my family. Might swap out the cream for evaporated milk

Sorry I only just saw this today Casey … did you try it? How did it goes?


April 3, 2018

Trying this now how do you think mushrooms would be in it please Pauline?

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