Cream Chicken Pasta (drool face emoji)

Creamy Pasta

Time to prep: Bugger all

Ingredients: See Below

Servings: 2 – 4

To cook: Fast as fark

Rating: Creamy

Beverage to accompany: White wine used in meal

 

Righteo Tradies this recipe is one for all the pasta lovers out there… time to Carb Load! This recipe is a quick and easy meal to prepare and a ripper for lunch the next day!

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken breast chopped
  • 500g pasta
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Shallots or Onion
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 100g light cream cheese
  • 150g ham chopped

To Finish

  •  Shallots
  • Chilli Flakes (optional to get some spice in ya life)
  • Parmesan Cheese

ERBS and other stuff

  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Method

  1. Straight up you want to heat a large pot with boiling water. Once on the boil chuck the pasta in the pot. When the pasta is almost done add the peas and cook for another two minutes (Note: keep about 125ml (halfa cup) of the boiling water to add to the cream cheese later);
  2. Whilst the pasta is on the boil, heat up some olive oil in a non-stick pan. Once hot add the chicken and let it simmer away;
  3. When almost done add the garlic and half the shallots and cook for a further few minutes;
  4. Add the wine to the pan and simmer until reduced (aka the wine gone);
  5. Combine the cream cheese and leftover pasta water in a separate bowl and whisk until smooth;
  6. Throw in some salt and pepper into the cream cheese mixture and add to the frying pan with the chicken and heat up;
  7. Drain the pasta mixture and put back into the pot;
  8. Add the chicken and cream cheese mixture to the pasta pot and stir through;
  9. Whilst stirring add the ham and fresh basil;
  10. Serve up with some fresh shallots, chilli flakes and a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese;
  11. Smash it like a packet of Smith’s Chips;

 

Nutritional information (based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for an Adult):

  • Aim for salt reduced, reduced fat ham and it will be a great source of Lean Protein;
  • 1 cup of pasta is approx. two serves of wholegrain grains and cereals;
    • What does this mean? a medium bowl or two cups of pasta will be approximately 4 of your 6 serves of wholegrains for a male aged between 19-70yrs of age per day!
  • Great source of fibre;
  • Aprox 1-2 serves of veggies per medium bowl; and
  • Want to add more vitamins and minerals? Use less pasta and add more veggies.

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