Monday, March 26, 2012
Simple Cheesy Chicken Farfalle with Peas
Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to Simply Delicious. I have this amazing Cheesy Chicken Farfalle with Peas to share with you today.
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.
I went with Super Simple Mac & Cheese Italian Style, and took it up a few notches. I made a pretty balanced meal (protein, veggies and a starch) and was incredibly happy for the simplicity. Left over chicken is perfect in this dish. If you don't have left overs, consider a rotisserie chicken or try the Essential Grilled Chicken. I have made this several times now and the grilled chicken really adds to the dish.
Cheesy Chicken Farfalle with Peas
1 pound Farfalle (I used Barilla)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 cups milk, divided
8 ounces Italian cheese blend
1/2 cup Parmesan and Romano cheeses
1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 cups diced chicken, cooked (I used Essential Grilled Chicken, but leftovers are perfect)
2 cups peas, frozen
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, cook pasta al dente. Pour peas into pot when the pasta is done cooking. Drain pasta once it is cooked and set aside. Work on the next step while your pasta is cooking.
Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan 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.
Add 2 cups of milk and continue to whisk, allow milk to thicken.
Add cheeses and whisk until combined. Add lemon zest and stir. When cheese is done cooking you will have a beautifully thick cheese sauce.
Pour cheese mixture over pasta and peas, stir in diced chicken. Add remaining cup of milk and mix together well. Pasta thickens as it sits. Serve and enjoy!
Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com