One of our favorite quick simple dishes that works great for busy nights is my Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe. It is literally one of those recipes where you dump the ingredients in, mix it up, and serve. The part that takes the longest is boiling the noodles, and while those are going you can get everything else opened up and ready to go! This is a recipe that can easily be made by a younger child that wants to be independent and helpful (my 9 year can make it all by herself) but it’s also one that my 4 and 5 year olds can “make” with my help.
Creamy Chicken Pasta
1 pound of pasta (we <3 penne)
1 can chicken (in the tuna/chili section)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs parsley
1/2 Tbs onion powder
1. Cook pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.
2. Heat chicken, tomatoes, evaporated milk and soup to a boil.
3. Mix cornstarch and water, slowly pour into sauce to thicken.
4. Season with herbs/spices listed, or come up with your own twist!
5. Pour drained pasta into sauce, stir to coat.
That’s it! Quick and easy.
Side notes and ramblings…..
-The cornstarch/water slurry isn’t essential, but without it your sauce will be thin and runny.
-Breaking the chicken up with a fork before adding it into the sauce is WAY easier than trying to do it later. Trust me.
-This is a basic recipe, have fun with it! Add in broccoli, cheese, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, etc.
Cost of ingredients:
Pasta – $1.00
Chicken – $2.00
Tomatoes – $0.50
Cream of Chicken – $0.50
Evaporated Milk – $1.00
Total cost – $5.00
There you have it! My Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe, only $5.00 and less than 30 minutes from start to finish!