It’s Nicky, calling in from Kitchen Sanctuary.
Hope you’re enjoying the Spring weather?
The UK weather can’t decide what to do with itself. We were all in shorts and hats last week, but right now, whilst I’m writng this, it’s hailing heavily outside.
So needless to say, we haven’t yet got the BBQs out, and I’m finding it really hard to do my usual weekly 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 (yes, the neighbours do think I’m a bit strange). Conversely, on a cold, wet and miserable day like today, I’ve usually got a bright summer salad on the go.
Not today though!
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.
30-Minute Skillet Chicken Pasta
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 large onion peeled and chopped
- 2 large chicken breast cut into chunks
- Pinch of salt and Pepper
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 red bell pepper deseeded and chopped
- 4.5 cups 300g dried pasta
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 x14oz 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 1.25 cups 300ml stock made from hot water from the kettle + 2 stock cubes
- 0.5 cups 120ml milk
- 1 cup 100g - packed - mature cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 cup about 20 snow peas, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp chopped chives
Heat the oil in a large skillet 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, cans 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 until the pasta is cooked.
Stir in the chopped snow 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 broiler for a couple of minutes until the cheese has melted.
Top with chopped chives and serve.
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