Creamy Chicken Pasta Made Easy

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Are you craving a delicious, creamy pasta dish that doesn’t require a store-bought packet? Look no further than this homemade Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe. It’s an easy spinoff of the popular pasta sides you find at the grocery store, but with a homemade touch and without any funky ingredients. Plus, it’s super budget-friendly and incredibly tasty!

A Creamy Delight without the Funky Ingredients

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Say goodbye to pasta packets filled with mystery ingredients. In this homemade version, pasta and chopped veggies simmer in a luxurious sauce to create a creamy side dish that pairs perfectly with any weeknight meal. The best part? It’s cream-free!

The Pasta Prep

Cooking Fettuccine Noodles

Start by breaking up 8oz of fettuccine noodles. Mimicking the shape of the noodles in chicken pasta packets, snap handfuls of the fettuccine in half, then those halves into thirds. If time is of the essence, at least break them into quarters. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted, boiling water until it’s just under al dente. Remember that it will continue to cook in the sauce at the end. Drain and set aside.

The Creamy Sauce

Making the Creamy Sauce

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add 1 chopped small carrot (about 1/3 cup), 1 chopped rib celery (also about 1/3 cup), and 1 chopped small shallot. Season with salt and pepper, then sauté until tender.

Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of flour and cook while whisking for 1 minute. Slowly stream in 1 cup each of milk and chicken broth while whisking to avoid lumps. You can use either skim or 2% milk, depending on what you have on hand. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley and more salt and pepper. Turn up the heat to medium-high until the sauce starts bubbling.

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Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the sauce thickens and becomes bubbly, whisking occasionally for about 5 minutes.

Bringing It All Together

Combining Pasta and Sauce

Finally, add the drained pasta to the sauce, stirring to combine. Let them cook together for a couple more minutes to allow the noodles to finish cooking. Remember, the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools, so make sure it doesn’t become too thick, or it will turn pasty.

Serve your Creamy Chicken Pasta as a satisfying side dish for any dinner. Each forkful will leave you wanting more of this quick and delicious version of chicken and noodles.

Enjoying Creamy Chicken Pasta

So, what are you waiting for? Try this budget-friendly, homemade Creamy Chicken Pasta that’s sure to impress your taste buds. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.