Thursday, July 12, 2012

Creamy Pasta

Sharing a quick kid-friendly recipe today!  This recipe is far from gourmet (just like the rest of my recipes) and the picture is far from stellar (just like the rest of my recipe pictures) but it's easy to make and it's a big hit with my kids!  Plus it's a great way to sneak in some vegetables.  Kenny really likes it too which makes it a go-to meal for us.  I'm sharing the real recipe along with the way I tweak it.  I pretty much just add more of everything.  If I'm cooking you better believe it's going to last us at least two nights!   :)



Chicken tenders - about 1 lb.  (I cook 5 chicken breasts.)
Campbells "Cream of Mushroom" - 1 can (I use 2 cans.)
Frozen Vegetable - 1 to 1 1/2 cups (Kenny likes this with peas the best, but I've also tried mixed vegetables and broccoli and it all works!  I just toss in a full bag.)
Pasta (Rotini) - about 2 1/2 to 3 cups (I use one box.)
Kraft grated Parmesan Cheese - 1/2 cup (I use 1 cup.)

1.  Boil water and cook Rotini pasta.  About 5 minutes before it's done, add the frozen vegetable.

2.  Cut chicken to bite sized pieces and season with salt.  Or don't.  But what's life without a little salt?

3.  Saute chicken in a large pan and when the chicken is cooked, add cream of mushroom.  Cook it until it's boiling. If it is too thick, add some starchy pasta water (the water that cooked the pasta).

4.  Add cooked pasta and frozen vegetable directly to the pan and mix well with the chicken and soup mixture.  (Add more pasta water if it's too dry.)

5.  Right before you dish it up, add some grated Parmesan cheese and mix well.

See!  So quick and easy!  You can't mess this one up.  Which is why it's a favorite of mine.  :)

Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!

p.s.  My new mini craft space for the girls is organized and working like a charm.  Pics to come next week!


Ange said...

Looks tasty!

Cathy's World said...

My husband always says that the only way I know dinner is done is if the smoke alarm goes off. Ha! I think I can pull this one off. My two favorite things. Chicken and pasta. I will have to try this. I am with you on a meal that lasts two nights.
Hope you guys have a great weekend too. I hope rain doesn't ruin our weekend plans. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Heidi of Operation Organization - MN said...

I make a variation of this, but usually with tuna. Will have to try it with the chicken. :)

Love a good recipe the whole family will eat!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! Not sure how healthy this is, unless the noodles are whole grain, but at least its a dinner and since you say all the time on your blog that you dont cook, anything is better then nothing! Bet the kids are happy just to get a hot cooked meal! Good job Martha!

Lacey said...

This sounds so yummy! And I'm all about easy to throw together recipes.
I have been LOVING seeing everything about your house. So excited to see more of the floor sounds like it is going to be a dream home! So exciting for you.

Dina said...

Though I am vegetarian, your recipe sounds easy and yummy. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting an easy to make recipe. I run a daycare with 12 kids and I need easy and yummy! Thanks again for another great post!!

Erin said...

Thanks everyone! Like I said, this recipe is far from gourmet, but it's easy and tasty! I'm so glad some of you are going to try it!

Josie said...

I still remember the very first time you posted a recipe because Kenny's comment totally made me laugh....some thing like if you were posting a recipe you might as well be posting legal advice! And look how far you've come!

Kelli said...

I am not much of a cook but this looks like something I could make and my family would love.
Love your blog!

Jill said...

Adding this to the menu for next week! Thanks for the idea! :) Like you, I really don't like to cook, so if I make something, it has to last two nights! :)

Becki said...

We are going to make this soon - just the kind of recipe my husband can make!

Amber - Binkertation said...

yum!!! I love easy dishes now that I'm on the clock full-time - I'll be trying this! THANKS :)

LivingSolutionsid said...

I made this tonight and it was a hit! {which is huge around here with some picky eaters!} Thanks for the recipe! ~gina

Angela said...

That looks great. I love pasta with cream sauce. I make mine with lots of butter, heavy cream and a whole container of shredded parmesan. We top it with bacon and broccoli. Always a winner! :) Always requires a trip to the gym the next day ;)

Erin said...

YEA! SO glad posting this recipe was helpful! :)

Susan said...

Just made this recipe for my family! Everyone loved it!! Thanks so much!!