First I want to apologize for the quality of the photo. I moved a year ago to this new rural location and I still have not set up a decent spot for food photos.
The inspiration for this came from a recipe that arrived in an email from Pillsbury. On first glance I said to myself, “That looks quick and easy”. Then on second glance, I said, “Wait a minute. I’m cooking four things at once:
- Alfredo Sauce
Then on third thought, I said to myself, “Start the water boiling for the pasta first…” and it turned out easy.
Using canned chicken breast chunks makes the job a lot easier. I used 2 cans of the Kirkland (Costco) brand, but Swanson or Hormel would be fine.
16oz Pasta, Rigitoni, Ziti, Farfalle, or Rotini
20-24oz Canned chicken breast chunks.
1 stick (1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter
1 cup Whipping cream
2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1.5 cups broccoli florets
Mise en Place:
Put a large pot of water on the stove over medium-high heat for the pasta. Put a medium-sized pot of water on the stove over medium-high heat for the broccoli. Place a bowl of cold water near the stove. Cut broccoli heads into florets if not already done. Grate the Parmigiano Reggiano if not already done.
Start the pasta and broccoli:
When both pots of water are boiling, put the pasta and broccoli into their respective pots.
After 2 minutes remove the broccoli from the boiling water and place it in the bowl of cold water to stop it cooking.
Start the Alfredo Sauce:
Put a smaller (2qt) saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Melt the butter. Add the cream and Parmigiano Reggiano. Whisk together. Add salt to taste. Turn the heat down to a simmer. Let the sauce thicken. Then move it to a spot where you can keep it warm
Drain the Pasta and Broccoli:
When the pasta is done, drain it through a strainer or colander, then set aside. Likewise drain the broccoli through a strainer or colander.
Heat the Chicken:
Put a fry pan or saute pan with some oil on the stove over high heat. Heat the chicken. When the chicken is hot add the broccoli. Toss.
Put some pasta on the plate. Top the pasta with the chicken-broccoli mixture. Then top that with the Alfredo sauce.