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garlic parmesan chicken penne pasta

I know I posted a similar recipe not too long ago, but this one was just too good not to share! I am really loving quick pasta dishes for dinner lately… somehow life just never seems to slow down even a little bit, so it’s really nice to have a quick meal that’s ready in under 30 minutes. My kids loved this (although Lizzy picked out every last piece of parsley, since she is anti-green right now) and I wanted to eat the creamy garlic parmesan sauce with a spoon. Yum! I think this pasta would be great with some sautéed mushrooms and spinach mixed in, but I didn’t have any on hand when I made it. (And I’m sure Lizzy appreciated that I didn’t try to corrupt her precious noodles and chicken with anything green.)

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Penne Pasta

1 pound penne pasta
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (dried would work fine as well)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant. Whisk in the flour to form a paste, and let the mixture cook 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth and milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Continue to whisk frequently and bring the sauce nearly to a simmer, until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in the parmesan, salt, and pepper until combined. Toss the sauce with the pasta and the chicken, returning to the heat if needed to heat through. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and enjoy!

adapted from Lil’ Luna

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