Spring Chicken Pasta with Veggies

It’s springtime, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, a gentle breeze is blowing, bringing with it the scent of daily fresh-cut grass and constantly running sprinklers that ruin our fence….and I’m dreaming of a light and scrumptious pasta dish containing Farfalle pasta, a cheesy sauce, fresh veggies….and chicken. Let’s just stop here and talk about Farfalle (bow-tie) pasta, I LOVE this stuff! It has such an intriguing shape and neutral flavor that you can tailor any way you wish. In the past I have used it to make Crock-Pot Bowtie Lasagna, which is delicious of course, and by the way that needs an updated picture because the current one looks kind of weird…… But then I thought, wouldn’t Farfalle be good with….ALFREDO SAUCE??? So I made it, and I ate it, and it was good……and that ladies and gentleman is my relationship with pasta dishes. So now that I have described this dish with drama and flair, let’s talk about how to make it.

The Ingredients: 12 oz. Farfalle (bow-tie) pasta, 1 small can Four cheese Alfredo sauce, 1 small can Homestyle alfredo sauce, 1 8-10 oz. can condensed chicken soup, 1 soup can of water, 4-6 chicken frozen chicken strips, 1 large or two small zucchini, 3 carrots, 1/2 cup minced yellow onion, 1 large or two small bell peppers, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. basil, 1/2 tsp. no salt seasoning, 1/2 tsp. garlic.

Dice the vegetables (mince the onion, this is crucial!:)) and saute them in the large skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil for ten to twelve minutes, adding the onion and spices during the last five minutes or so. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat up the chicken in your oven at 375 degrees for that same amount of time. Turn your crock-pot on high. When the vegetables are cooked, add the chicken soup, 1 soup can of water, and alfredo sauce to your crock-pot, mixing until the chicken soup has dissolved. Now chop the chicken into bite size pieces and add it and the cooked vegetables to the crock-pot, mixing until just combined. Let sit for five minutes, then add the pasta. Mix well, turn the crock-pot to keep warm, and serve whenever you wish. You do not have to use a crock-pot for this recipe, it is just the only piece of our cooking equipment big enough to serve this dish in. That being said, this dish feeds a crowd! It would be great for a party or when you have people over for dinner.

Smooth, creamy, delicious…..need I say more?




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