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May 30 / Amy

Recipe 14: Creamy Broccoli and Chicken Pasta

After a miss from last week, I wanted to try another pasta – this time a Creamy Broccoli and Chicken pasta.  It wasn’t a one pot recipe, so it was fun to juggle getting everything’s timing together to complete the meal.  The actual recipe calls for bacon, but we weren’t feeling the bacon (shocking, I know) so we skipped it.

Obligatory Ingredient shot

Obligatory ingredient shot

First up (not pictured), I took the chicken breast and cooked it in the skillet.  Once complete, I moved it to a plate and placed it in the microwave to stay warm.  While this process was going on, I started the water for the pasta so it’d get to a boiling point while focusing on the chicken.

Next it was time to get the sauce going!  I put the noodles in the boiling water and then focused back on the sauce.

Added the garlic pieces, heavy cream, milk, and let it come to a boil.  Once bubbling, add in the shredded cheese – I used mozzarella.  Stir until it melts.

So many things going at once!

So many things going at once!

Just before the noodles finished, I steamed the broccoli, so it’d be ready to add in after the pasta.

Creamy!

Creamy!

When the pasta is ready, add to the creamy sauce.

Adding in the green!

Adding in the green!

Follow up with the broccoli…

Simmering

Simmering

Next up, add the sliced chicken.  Note, the recipe suggested slicing it after finishing cooking and then placing it on the pasta.  I waited to slice the chicken, and then added it to the pan with everything else. :)  Looking back, the presentation might have been nicer had I laid the chicken on top of the pasta.  You live and learn. :)

End product

End product

 

Verdict:

I’m not sure if I started the sauce too early, or if I just missed something completely – but this recipe turned out just ok.  I may try it again and try not to do too many things at once, saving the sauce until the noodles are ready.

Our ratings:

Amy – 2.5 out of 5 stars.  Just ok, but I can’t tell if it was me or the recipe. :)

Josh – 2.5 out of 5 stars.  Meh.  Not terrible, but not a favorite.

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