Tantalize your family’s taste buds with this one-pot culinary delight. Cheese, chicken and pasta makes this dish hearty and satisfying, while the spices, tomatoes and mushrooms balance out the dish’s nutritional needs. Ceri Marsh from Sweet Potato Chronicles gives the details on recreating this simple meal.
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp fresh Thyme
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock (or 1 cup of stock if you don’t have or feel like using wine)
1 x 28 oz can of whole tomatoes
1 cup water
225 grams of dried pasta
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup mozzarella
1. Warm up your olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Brown the chicken, you may need to work in batches. If you overcrowd the pan you’re going to boil the meat and that’s not what you want! Once all the meat is nicely browned (but don’t worry about it being cooked through), add the garlic and give it all a stir.
2. Now add the thyme and mushrooms and let them soften up and kick off their juices. Now add the wine and/or stock, water and tomatoes. Break the tomatoes up with the back of a wooden spoon.
3. Bring the sauce to a bubbly simmer and add your pasta. As the pasta softens up in the heat, push it under the liquid. Depending on which pasta you’re using it will take about 15 to 20 minutes — it will be longer than if you were just straight up boiling the pasta in water. Give it a taste now so you know how much salt and pepper to add. Remove from the heat.
4. Top with a big handful of mozzarella and allow that to melt as you bring your yummy dinner to the table. After dinner, get someone else to wash that one pot!
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