The slimming-friendly ingredients in this Chilli Pasta Bake make the perfect meal if you’re calorie counting or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Chilli Pasta Bake is a great, filling comfort food, that’s pretty easy to make and won’t cost a fortune!
If you’re looking for some other tasty pasta bake recipes, why not try one of these:
- Pasta Bolognese Bake (Also available in our Cookbook)
- Baked Spaghetti with Chicken
- Turkey Ratatouille Pasta Bake
- Rigatoni Pizza Pie
How many Calories are in this Chilli Pasta Bake?
There are 523 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Chilli Pasta Bake. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Chilli Pasta Bake suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
- Worcestershire Sauce
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chilli Pasta Bake recipe?
At more than 15 Points per portion, this isn’t the most Weight Watchers friendly recipe due to the volume of pasta it contains However, never fear! You could halve the portion size and serve it with a salad, or other veg, or replace some of the pasta with a vegetable alternative!
How to make this Chilli Pasta Bake
This hearty meal, is so easy to make, and will be ready in a jiffy! Here’s a summary;
- Sauté the vegetables in a frying pan
- Add the mince and brown
- Stir in the herbs, spices and Worcestershire sauce
- Mix in the other ingredients for the sauce and simmer
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions
- Once the pasta is cooked, mix together with some of the chilli and the kidney beans
- Layer up in an oven proof dish, top with some more chilli and cheese
- Bake until bubbling and golden
- Serve with you choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Chilli Pasta Bake?
This hearty dish is a meal in itself, but you could serve it with one of these accompaniments if you fancy:
- Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Side Salad
- Steamed Vegetables
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
You can adapt this recipe to suit your taste – have it as hot as you like, just add a bit more or less chilli powder. You can even add in some freshly chopped chilli too.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Campfire Stew?
You can find all the ingredients for this tasty recipe in most supermarkets – there’s nothing fancy required!
We like to use Frank’s Hot Sauce as it has the right amount of chilli kick and adds a little acidity too. You can add whichever hot sauce you like, or leave it out if you’re not keen on too much spice.
Can you cook Chilli Pasta Bake another way?
This recipe is really quick to make on the hob and in the oven so we’ve not used any different ways to cook this.
How do you know when Chilli Pasta Bake is cooked?
You should bake this dish in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
This recipe should take around 30 minutes in total.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Chilli Pasta Bake in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it straight away.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Chilli Pasta Bake in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Chilli Pasta Bake?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Chilli Pasta Bake?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 3-5 minutes until piping hot.
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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!