Thursday, November 5, 2015

Creamy Chicken + Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

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It's 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night and I'm just sitting down from my day -- which started at 5:30 a.m. It was a crazy day. With the holiday's here it's only going to get busier. Busy is always welcomed, but when things get going I love anything that makes life easy. Lately I've been living on one pot meals and I don't see that changing anytime soon. 

We love entertaining and with our kitchen renovation nearly finished, I know there will be numerous dinner parties in our near future. Luckily for Nick he doesn't have to wait as I decided to test out a new recipe, creamy chicken + sun dried tomato pasta.


I couldn't be happier with the dish or Barilla Pronto Pasta. I was able to make this dish in less than 30 minutes! #winning

Of course, I paired the pasta with a nice glass of Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon [Brand Mantra: Celebrating the Farmer in Every Glass]

For dessert, I kept it simple with some cookies from the Pepperidge Farm chocolate cookie collection! YUM! Honestly, I could have eaten the entire box [Cookie Collection provides quick and easy entertaining for everyday and holiday. The perfect little something to keep on hand when guests pop by!].

Creamy Chicken + Sun Dried Tomato Pasta
[Serves 4-6]


3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 small jar (3-4 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil
1 lb chicken breasts [about 2 breats]
paprika [Just a Dash]
2 cup half and half
1 8 oz bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp basil fresh basil for garnish
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt, to taste


In a large pan, on high heat, sautee garlic and sun-dried tomatoes [drained from oil]  in 2 tablespoons of oil [reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar] for  about a minute. Remove from pan, leaving the oil, and add chicken [ cut into stripes], salt and add a few dashes of paprika and cook on high for 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to package instructions. 
- 1 box of Barilla Pronto Pasta should be cooked in 3 cups water/broth
- In the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time, 1 cup of liquid, such as cream, can be added.

Slice sun-dried tomatoes into smaller bits and add them back to the skillet with chicken. Add half and half and cheese to the skillet, too, and bring to a gentle boil. Immediately reduce to simmer and cook, constantly stirring, until all cheese melts and creamy sauce forms. Once the pasta has been cooking for 5 minutes pour water and pasta into the skillet with the chicken and stir to combine. Add red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.

Let it simmer for additional  5 minutes to allow the pasta to finish cooking.

Top with fresh basil and enjoy!

Oh and don't forget to pour yourself a big glass of red!

Not looking for anything too fancy use a jar of Barilla Pasta Sauce and shredded rotisserie chicken with the Barilla Pronto Pasta and enjoy -- Easy breezy. Plus, you'll have more time to spend with guests. 

About Barilla- Barilla Pronto, the easy-to-prepare pasta that is ready in minutes. It is prepared in one pan – no need to wait for water to boil, and no draining is required! Available in 5 delicious shapes (Spaghetti, Penne, Rotini, Elbows, Linguine), Barilla Pronto helps make your pasta mealtime prep faster and easier – all in one pan!- Pronto provides the quality that people expect in Barilla pasta, only easier. You can eat pasta more often; new convenience - yet still nutritious. 

Overall Thoughts: Barilla Pasta is my new go-to pasta! Honestly, I love anything that makes my life easier! 

When it comes to entertaining, whether for 2 or 20, Walmart has you covered. Did you know Walmart has a great selection of super premium wines at a great price? It's the go-to place for holiday entertaining needs.

For more information about about wine tastings, Barilla & Pepperidge Farm demos, at your local Walmart in November and December, visit the Simple Entertaining Hub HERE.

How do you take the stress out of holiday entertaining?

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