Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 people
- 16 ounces penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 3/4 cups half-and-half - cream or milk
- 2 cups shredded chicken - I used a rotisserie chicken I bought at the grocery store
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 slices white or wheat bread - torn
- 1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Prepare pasta according to directions
Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan melt one tablespoon butter and then add garlic cooking for about 30 seconds
Stir in flour and cook and stir continuously for one minute
Gradually add milk to pan while stirring until mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly
Stir in chicken, peas and cheese cook until heated through
Add in pasta and stir until well combined
To make crumb topping place bread into food processor and pulse until bread is becomes course crumbs
Put crumbs into bowl and toss with a tablespoon melted butter
Pour mixture into casserole dish and then cover with prepared bread crumbs Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until topping browns
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- Experiment with Pasta: Try making with a gluten free pasta, whole grain pasta, or even riced cauliflower.
- This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
- Use your Favorite Vegetables: If your kids don't like peas, try Broccoli, Leeks or Mushrooms
- Mix up the Cheese: Is there ever really enough cheese? Try adding your favorite Italian Blend of Cheeses or mix the Parmesan with a Gruyere or your other favorite cheese.
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- I always use unsalted butter in my recipes.
- I always use a meat thermometor to test for doneness when cooking meat.
- When a recipe is made in the oven, it should be pre-heated to the temperature in the recipe, unless otherwise noted.