Simple Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Peas

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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.

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Simple Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Peas

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. Simple Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Peas has a rich and creamy cheese sauce poured over farfalle pasta with peas and chicken.

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Simple Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Peas

Donna Elick
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.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 8

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
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add 2 cups of milk and continue to whisk, allow the sauce to thicken.
  • 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.
  • Pour cheese mixture over pasta and peas, stir in diced chicken. Add remaining cup of milk and mix well. Pasta thickens as it sits.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 536cal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 512mg | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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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.
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18 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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

      Enjoy!

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