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Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe

creamy chicken pasta recipe light

Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe: tapered mug / Italian Soda recipe (inside mug) / turquoise dinner plate / tablecloth (sold out, also love this one) /

One of our favorite types of food is pasta. There are so many different ways to fix pasta, so it’s a fabulous staple to keep in the kitchen pantry for lunch or dinner. If you love pasta, and you love chicken, this is a great recipe you can make with them both! You can use chicken purchased for this meal, or use this as a way to incorporate chicken leftovers. It’s great with BBQ chicken leftovers, baked chicken leftovers, and rotisserie chicken leftovers.

This Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe uses cream; which, as we know, isn’t great for a diet. I made it lighter by switching the cream to half-and-half. You can also substitute milk for an even lighter version of the sauce. That being said, here is what you need to make Creamy Chicken Pasta yourself!

Creamy Chicken Pasta ingredients

  • 1 pound of your favorite pasta
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (I like to use Safeway’s shredded rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken chopped in smaller pieces)
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (or one can diced tomatoes-drained)
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped or smashed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I prefer extra virgin)
  • 1 pat of unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups of heavy cream (I use half-and-half instead)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon each of paprika, basil, oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

You will need two pots to make Creamy Chicken Pasta. One large pot for cooking your pasta, and one medium saucepan for the sauce. Cook your pasta separately from your sauce. For the sauce, mix all the ingredients together and simmer on medium for thirty minutes. Stir frequently to keep the cheese from sticking to the pot. When the pasta is done cooking, drain, and then mix the sauce together with the pasta. Voila! You have easily cooked Creamy Chicken Pasta! Love!

My kids really enjoy this meal, and it is an enjoyed by adults too. This makes a great family dish! You can top it with more parmesan cheese if you’d like, once it’s on your plate. This should make about nine servings. We usually have leftovers, and the leftovers are great for lunch the next day. I hope you enjoy my Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Mozzarella Rice Torte recipe

mozzarella rice torte recipe

This Mozzarella Rice Torte is a backyard BBQ recipe I grew up with. A rice torte is a great side dish to bring to someone’s house for a summer BBQ, a Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or any holiday party. In addition to a side dish for a party, it’s a great main course when served with fruit and vegetables.

My Mozzarella Rice Torte is really easy to make. Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 4 eggs-beaten and mixed well
  • 1 cup Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pats of butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin is best)
  • ¼ cup tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 1 package of shredded mozzarella

Mix together, then add rice and mix well.

Pre-heat oven 350.

  1. Layer one half of rice mixture, and smooth out with a spoon 
  2. Layer all of the mozzarella on top of the rice
  3. Layer the second half of the rice mixtures, and smooth out with a spoon.
  1. Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350.
  2. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes at 350.
  3. Let the torte cool for an hour before slicing into cubes.
  4. Serve at room temperature.

Voila! You have a delicious side dish everyone will enjoy!

Kitchen tools you might need:

I hope you enjoy my Mozzarella Rice Torte!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon

fast easy pasta alfredo

From left: Italian soda (recipe in this post) / white dish (similar here) / recipe below- /

Are you pressed for time? Or are you like me, and still sheltering-in-place due to local regulations? Either way, you might be trying to put meals together with what you have sitting in your pantry, versus fresh food you just picked up from the market this morning. If you are looking for something you can make from your pantry, which happens to be fast and easy, this is the pasta recipe for you!

This is super easy, and requires absolutely zero cooking skills. Love that! Here is what you need to make this delicious pasta dish:

Ingredients for my fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon:

  1. 1 lb spinach pasta.
  2. 1 jar of Alfredo Sauce (that’s right, a jar! Super easy right? I prefer Rao’s Alfredo)
  3. Bacon bits (you can keep a Costco size package in your refrigerator for months-great pantry staple!)
  4. 1/3 of a bag of frozen peas (everyone has this in their freezer right?)
  5. Parmesan cheese

OK, I am sure you can tell from the ingredients, this is super easy. No chopping involved! First, you want to cook the pasta and the frozen peas. Once they are done cooking, drain and return them to the pot. Easy!

Then, you will add the Alfredo Sauce from the jar, and warm it up while mixing it in with the pasta and peas.

Once cooked, place your desired serving size on a plate, and then sprinkle the bacon bits on top. So easy!

Lastly, let everyone put the Parmesan cheese on top of their own serving to taste.

Bon Appetit! You may eat!

Wasn’t that the easiest recipe you have seen on the Internet? It’s really simple, and uses pantry staples most of us have on hand. Plus, it feels fancy, not sure why-but it does! My kids and my husband really enjoy this dish. I hope you love it too!

Things you might need to cook my fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy