Monday, March 26, 2012

Simple Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Peas

Rich and creamy cheese sauce over farfalle pasta with peas and chicken. Dinner doesn't get much more simple or delicious. With a secret ingredient, that really makes the flavors pop this is going to be your new favorite.

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It is so funny, but I stress more about preparing food for kids than I do adults.  I look for something that is delicious and nutritious; a dish that will provide a nice healthy balance.

With adults, it is much easier.  So, when planning for Munchkins play dates, the task is very stressful.  You would think I was planning a meal for a foreign dignitary.  So, this time, I decided to think simple.





Enjoy!

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Peas

Rich and creamy cheese sauce over farfalle pasta with peas and chicken. Dinner doesn't get much more simple or delicious. With a secret ingredient, that really makes the flavors pop this is going to be your new favorite.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dry farfalle pasta (bow ties)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 3 cups milk, divided 
  • 8 ounces Italian cheese blend (or mozzarella and provolone)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2 cups frozen peas 

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a few tablespoons of salt. Cook until pasta is al dente.  When the pasta is done cooking, pour the peas into the pot. Stir and drain pasta and peas and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Add flour and whisk for 2 -3 minutes to cook out the 'floury' taste. Add Italian seasoning, garlic, rosemary, and salt.  Whisk to combine.
  3. Add 2 cups of milk and continue to whisk, allow the sauce to thicken.
  4. Add cheeses and whisk until combined.  Add lemon zest and stir.  When cheese is completely melted, continue stirring until the sauce is thick and creamy.
  5. Pour cheese mixture over pasta and peas, stir in diced chicken. Add remaining cup of milk and mix well.  Pasta thickens as it sits. 
  6. Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES

  1. You can leave out the lemon and rosemary if you prefer to simplify the recipe. Rotisserie chicken is excellent in this recipe.


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Rich and creamy cheese sauce over farfalle pasta with peas and chicken. Dinner doesn't get much more simple or delicious. With a secret ingredient, that really makes the flavors pop this is going to be your new favorite.

18 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try this delicious cheesy chicken it looks so appetizing

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  2. I don't think kids I'd let the kids have any...I'd eat it all by myself!

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  3. Isn't it wonderful how one blog takes you to another? So glad you commented. Your cooking is just the change I have been looking for. Beautiful pics. Thanks for finding me. Susan

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  4. YUM. We had farfalle last night as well. This looks divine.

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  5. this dish looks amazing. such an easy, comforting meal!

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  6. This is my first time visiting your blog, but it won't be the last. This dish may have been made for children, but it looks wonderful!

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  7. Yum yum yum!!! This looks great - for kids or adults!

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  8. I love this! It has to be delicious! Good chicken, pasta, cheese and peas. The kids had to love it---so much better than fast food! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. This looks delicious. I love all the ingredients!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  10. This dish is definitely a winner for kids and for all! Yum!

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  11. Wow, my kids would love this dish! Great idea for a quick meal.

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  12. I don't use farfalle a lot, but man this looks good. I love peas with pasta and well cheese? That goes without saying!

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  13. do u put both of the cheeses together the 8 ounces Italian cheese blend and the 1/2 cup Parmesan and Romano cheeses in with the milk mixture

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  14. do u put both of the cheeses together the 8 ounces Italian cheese blend and the 1/2 cup Parmesan and Romano cheeses in with the milk mixture

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks for the question. Yes, all cheese to the milk mixture at that step.

      Enjoy!

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