Baked Chicken Fusilli – Delishar

Fast food does not always mean junk food. In my opinion, fast food means quick and easy meals that you can whip up in a jiffy. Nope, and that does not mean deep frying food that were already precooked or heating up meals that are frozen. Yes, of course we can still have nutritious and delicious meals with the help of quality made sauces, and pasta that are available in the market to make our life easier, and healthier.

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For this meal, I used Alce Nero’s Organic Fusilli and Alce Nero’s Organic Tomato Sauce with Chilli. I portioned out a serving for the kids and substituted the sauce for their Organic Tomato Sauce with Basil. It was a super simple meal to put together, with very basic ingredients.

You can actually skip the baking part and serve the chicken (of course cook it a little longer to make sure it’s cooked through) on top of the pasta, and call it a day. I baked it because the baking will allow all the flavours to marry together as it cooks. Well, and of course, everything is better with cheese. Especially oozy, gooey, melted cheese.


Baked Chicken Fusilli


  • 4 boneless chicken legs
  • 240 g fusilli more if you are big eaters.
  • 350 g Alce Nero Organic Tomato Sauce with Chilli
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2-3 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley to garnish
  • Preheat oven to 180C.

  • Season both sides of the chicken generously with salt and pepper.

  • Heat a frying pan on medium-high, then add oil.

  • Cook chicken skin side down for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown, then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  • Do it in batches if you have to, do not over crowd pan.

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, then season generously with salt.

  • Cook fusilli in salted water 1-2 minutes just shy of al-dente.

  • In the last minute, add frozen peas.

  • Drain pasta, and pour in sauce into pot.

  • Toss to coat, then transfer pasta with sauce into baking casserole.

  • Lay chicken on top of pasta, and top with cheese.

  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted, and sauce bubbly.

  • Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.

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Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with Alce Nero and Singapore Home Cooks. 

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One Pot Italian Sausage Fusilli – Delishar

One pot meals are truly a life saver! I have so much on my plate lately that I’m up to my neck with stuff I need to do. We are moving in to our new place very soon, and I’ve been trying to get everything in order for the move. The renovation, the furniture hunting, liaising of delivery, trying to pack the whole house up into boxes (Oh, don’t even get me started with that!), and that’s only part of it. I’m also trying to help my new helper familiarise her duties, and making sure she is transitioning well into the family. On top of that, we moved to girls into my husband’s international school. So it’s a whole new culture for them and myself to transition into.

With all that going on, I’m still trying to keep up on posts and my business. I can hardly catch a breather. As I’m writing this post, I’m actually feeling unwell and slightly nauseous. But like most mothers will agree with this statement, “Being a mom is a full time 24/7 job, and we have no off days.” Even when mom is unwell, the family still needs to function. Everyone still need to eat, the kids still need me to do stuff for them, which I’m more than happy to oblige. 

So one pot meals like this sure makes life easier. Very little clean up, minimal preparation, and we all get to enjoy a pot full of yums! The sweet Italian sausages imparted so much flavour to the pasta as it cooks together. Whenever sausages or bacon is use as an ingredient, I know I will not have to fight the kids to finish their food, or tell them to sit down while they get distracted with every single thing that is happening. They sat very nicely to finish their food, giving the dinner plate their full attention. The husband was of course more than happy to see what was on the dinner table. Sausage, cheese, and pasta = a winning dinner. It was a win-win for me too, because I took a mere 30 minutes to make this delicious one pot meal without much effort!  


One Pot Italian Sausage Fusilli


Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

  • 500 g Italian sausage casing removed
  • 220 g fusilli pasta
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 can 227g diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sliced spring onion to garnish
  • Heat pan on medium high heat, and add 1 tbsp olive oil.

  • Add sausage and onions, and cook until sausage is lightly browned (about 4-5 minutes).

  • Then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

  • Pour in broth, tomatoes, cream, and pasta.

  • Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low.

  • Simmer for 8 minutes, and add zucchini.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Toss to mix, cover, and allow to cook for another 5-7 minutes until pasta is tender.

  • Remove from heat, and stir in cheese.

  • Garnish with spring onions and serve.

Adapted from Kevin & Amanda

One Pot Sausage Fusilli

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