After having the BBQ out yesterday, it’s now pouring down again today.
The UK weather just can’t decide what to do with itself, and it drives me mad when I’m trying to do my usual weekly menu planning.
Did I ever tell you I was a list/planning nerd?
My weekly menu plans get turned into weekly shopping lists, which occasionally get re-written in aisle order. I am that sad.
I have holiday packing checklists, holiday itineraries (I can relax on holiday, but I need to plan in a ‘no-plans’ day), chore charts, daily task lists.
It gets even worse than this.
If I have a task list, and then I complete an additional task, I will add it to the list, just so I can cross it off.
Please tell me you do this too?
When it comes to menu planning, you can almost guarantee that on the day I’ve scheduled in a warming beef stew it’ll be blisteringly hot outside and my kids will be begging me to let them eat it in the garden at their picnic table. Conversely, on a cold, wet and miserable day like today, I’ve usually got a bright summer salad on the go.
Not today though!
Today we’ve got a quick and easy one-pot chicken pasta meal. Perfect with garlic bread on those cold days, and equally perfect on hot days with a nice crunchy green salad.
This is one-pan cooking at it’s best. Everything gets added in step-by-step, and we end up with a delicious cheesy-creamy pasta dish – with plenty of vegetables – that the kids will love. If you wanted a vegetarian alternative then you could always try my One Pot Mushroom Ragu.
I’m still recovering from my first ever blogging conference that took place over the weekend, but it was brilliant!! So much fun and wine, great tips, new friends and a few tears too. I’ll tell you more in my next post.
In order to make this 30 Minute One Pot Chicken & Pasta you will need:
- Measuring Spoons.
- A good Kitchen Knife
- Chopping board
- Garlic press
- Measuring jug.
- A Frying Pan/Skillet
- Wooden or silicon coated spoons. We have recently bought these and love them.
- A cheese grater if you are grating the cheese yourself
The 30 Minute One Pot Chicken & Pasta Recipe:
30 Minute One Pot Chicken Pasta
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large onion peeled and chopped
- 2 large chicken breasts cut into chunks
- 1 Pinch salt and pepper
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp tomato puree (usually gluten free, but best to check if required)
- 1 red bell pepper de-seeded and chopped
- 300 g dried pasta - such as spiralli (use a gluten free variety if required)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce (usually gluten free, but best to check if required)
- 800 g tinned chopped tomatoes
- 300 ml chicken stock made from hot water from the kettle + 2 stock cubes (or 2 heaped tsp veg bouillon for gluten free)
- 120 ml milk half fat or full fat
- 20 sugar snap peas/snow peas roughly chopped
- 100 g mature cheddar cheese grated
- 1 tbsp chopped chives
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add in the onions. Cook for 3 minutes on a medium-to-high heat until they start to turn translucent. Add in the chicken, salt and pepper. Cook for a further 3 minutes until the chicken is sealed (it won’t be cooked in the middle at this point).
- Add in the garlic, tomato puree and red peppers. Stir, then add in the pasta. Now add in the oregano, Worcestershire sauce, tins of tomatoes, stock and milk. Stir and bring to the boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid or some foil and simmer for 12-15 minutes (checking occasionally) until the pasta is cooked.
- Stir in the chopped sugar snap peas (it’s nice to add them at the end, so they’re hot, but retain their crunch), then sprinkle the pasta with cheese and put it under the grill/broiler for a couple of minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Top with chopped chives and serve.
My one-pot chicken pasta post first appeared on Or So She Says.
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