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Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, a delicious dish ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for a quick midweek meal, it doesn’t just fill hungry tummies, but it also pampers your palate. Rich and  creamy alfredo sauce, tender garlicky chicken and nutritious sun-dried tomatoes and spinach; this it dinner taken to the very next level.

Whenever l run out of ideas for dinner, l know where is always the good old pasta that everybody loves, and would never go like: “What, pasta? Again?”. Nope, no complaints whatsoever, no matter how it’s cooked, pasta gets to be eaten up every single time. I’ll share a little secret with you, l’ve never had alfredo sauce before. I know, it was about time l tried it! And l can’t say how much l loved it, it is absolutely amazing. It might be a tad rich because of the cream, it it is worth every single calory. Trust me, you have to give it a try, you have no idea what you lose here. Another pasta recipe that I absolutely love is Classic spaghetti carbonara recipe. Some people might say is rich and heavy, but if  you do it the proper way, you will just love it!

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

To feel less guilty about that creamy sauce, l decided to throw some fresh baby spinach in it, and since l had some sun-dried tomatoes, l thought they might go well with the whole thing. The veggies did make a difference, making the plate colourful and contrasting well with the richness of the sauce. And there is the lovely tender chicken breast chunks, oh my! The dish just screams comfort food, the kind of food you have and you think life is just wonderful. Good food does that!

I can’t really tell if l prefer the Bechamel sauce, which also pairs well with pasta, or the Alfredo sauce. They both are rich and overly creamy, l guess it’s a matter of choice which one to go for. One thing they have in common is that they both love parmesan, and lots of it. Do use as much or as little as you like, and save some to grate on too of the pasta too. Now, relax and have a nice portion of this yummy scrummy pasta, you are in for a treat!

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

 

Chicken alfredo pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach
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Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes with spinach
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, a delicious 30-minute dish that is bursting with amazing flavours.

Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 150 g pasta
  • 2 small chicken breasts
  • 100 g fresh baby spinach
  • 100 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 50 g parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 300 ml thick double cream (or heavy cream)
  • 25 g butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. 

  2. While pasta is cooking, dice the chicken breasts, place them in a sealable bag together with the oil,  one teaspoon of garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. 

  3. Shake the bag well to coat the chicken, add the oil to a pan, then cook the chicken on high heat until tender and brown, that should take about 5 minutes.

  4. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes and add them to the pan together with the spinach and cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  5. To make the alfrefo sauce, melt the butter in a pan, add the heavy cream and garlic powder and stir well for about 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.

  6. Grate the parmesan and add it to the pan, leaving some to top the pasta when ready.

  7. When the pasta is cooked, drain the water and add the pasta to the sauce together with the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.

  8. Remove from the heat, transfer to a plate and grate some more parmesan on top.

  9. Serve immediately!

 

Enjoy! 🙂

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

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  • Simon Vanbecelaere
    March 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Mmm… that looks way too good! I’m instant hungry right now! Must try this soon! Made alfredo before but never with dried tomatoes and spinach.

    Thank you!

    • Daniela Anderson
      March 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thank you very much, glad you like it! ?

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