As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
Boyfriend and I have radically conflicting schedules and the only real time that we get to spend together is on Tuesday afternoons/evenings. Except for the occasions when he decides that he wants to cook, I always try to make something just a bit fancier than our usual fare. Dinner time rolled around and I still didn’t have any brilliant ideas, so I decided to go with something pasta-based.
I had chicken thighs in the fridge, so I just needed some sauce and veggies. I usually add in fresh spinach and grape tomatoes, deglaze with white wine, and add in a bit of parmesan cheese and garlic. It turned out that I was missing the spinach and the wine, so I had to change gears midway through the cooking process and use what I had on hand, and this wonderful dish came to be. I’m definitely keeping this one!
Saute garlic, chicken, and mushrooms in olive oil until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are soft.
Add diced tomatoes and stir to combine.
Add heavy cream and parmesan cheese, and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is combined, then add pasta and swirl until coated.
1/3 pkg thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 garlic cloves, minced (I love garlic, but you can reduce this if you don’t)
1 lb boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cubed
8 oz button or crimini mushrooms
1 can(16 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 C heavy cream
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions in lightly salted water. While waiting for water to boil, begin assembling the sauce as directed below. Do not drain the pasta.
In a large skillet, saute garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium and add chicken. Saute until the chicken is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, add the mushrooms, and continue cooking until mushrooms are soft, about 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. Stir gently to combine. Using a pasta scoop, add the pasta to the skillet and swirl until the pasta and sauce are fully combined. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.