Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Penne Alfredo with Chicken and Asparagus

We had this dish for dinner tonight. It was delicious! The asparagus at the grocery store looked really good this week, so I bought two large bunches of it, and have been thinking of how I might use it. This dish was very simple to make, and was a nice change from everyday pasta.

Penne Alfredo with Chicken and Asparagus
my own recipe...

16 oz. penne pasta
2 roasted chicken breasts, sliced
1 bunch roasted asparagus
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half and half
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper

Cook penne according to package directions. Set aside. Melt butter in large saute pan. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add flour, and cook for 1 minute. Add cream and half and half and cook until thickened. Add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt, and pepper and stir until combined. When ready to serve, add pasta, chicken breast and asparagus and toss to coat evenly. Serve with additional parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.


  1. I'm salivating, Sarah. You should be a personal chef.

  2. This is a very similar recipe and you could exchange the asparagus for the canned peas my boys love so much.

    Garlic Chicken Pasta

    1 (12 ounce) package noodles of your choice
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    6 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    2 cups skim milk
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    2 cans of peas, drained

    1. In a large pot with boiling salted water cook rotini pasta until al dente. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, heat a large pan and add olive oil. Add the chopped chicken and garlic, saute until lightly brown and juices run clear. Stir in the ground black pepper, milk, and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes while thickening with corn starch.
    3. Toss drained pasta with garlic sauce and peas. Serve immediately.