Stove to Oven: Creamy, Chicken Goat Cheese Pasta

May 6, 2019

Author Notes: This is an adaptation of Martha Stewart's One-Pot Pasta. Nearly everything was changed - the only thing that remained the same was that it was all cooked in one pot. Since I only had penne pasta and a drastic hankering for cheese, I did what a girl had to do. As I am also a sucker for seasoning chicken (it's too much fun), I added in a step or two with my chicken. I have to say, the flavor was there (it was SO good), I just wish my noodles were a little firmer. 'Tis the story of off-roading in the kitchen, no?Brianna

Serves: depends on how hungry you all are, but likely a village. (6-8 people)
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Black Pepper (as much as your tastebuds please)
  • 4 Fresh, Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Small, Onion
  • 2 Large, Chicken Breasts
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cups Milk (of your choice)
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 pound Penne Pasta
  • 5 ounces Fresh Goat Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Basil
  • 28 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Dice onion and garlic finely. Set aside.
  2. Grab a small bowl to create your spice mixture. Toss in all of your spices, mix well, and set aside. I added about a teaspoon of both salt and black pepper to this mixture. (Don’t worry, these two spices will continue to make appearances throughout this dish).
  3. Rinse chicken breasts in cold water. (optional) Pat chicken dry with paper towels. (Not-so-optional, highly recommended). This will ensure moist chicken!
  4. Slice chicken breast into cubes (about ½ - 1 inch in size, depending on your preference). Place them in a bowl and coat evenly with the spice mixture.
  5. Preheat your pan (preferably a cast iron skillet) over medium to high heat. Once heated, add your olive oil.
  6. Once your oil has been warmed (it will give a nice pungent smell of olives, but it should NOT be smoking), add your chicken to the pan and lightly brown.
  7. Next, add your diced onion and garlic to the pan. Sauté the onions and garlic, until the onions are translucent.
  8. Carefully add your milk, chicken broth, and penne pasta to the pan - bring to a boil.
  9. While the pasta is simmering, preheat your oven to your broil setting.
  10. Rinse and chop your fresh basil. Set aside.
  11. Once your pasta has finished simmering (I hope you used your timer), turn off the heat. Crumble your goat cheese into the pasta. (I used my hands.) Gently, stir to melt the cheese. (I didn't use my hands.)
  12. Add the fresh basil and your crushed tomatoes. Continue to stir gently, to integrate all of the ingredients evenly.
  13. Place your pan into the oven for 10 minutes. Take out once finished and let stand for 7 minutes. Add fresh basil leaves to the top (to make it pop) and goat cheese crumbles.
  14. Serve and enjoy!

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