One Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta
One Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is a simple weeknight dinner for the entire family! One pot is all you need for this creamy, delicious chicken alfredo pasta dinner. Easy clean up and it's ready in under 30 minutes.
Servings 8 people
- 1 box (1 lb) penne pasta
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 bag (12 oz) steamable frozen green peas
- 2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
- 1 jar (16 oz) alfredo sauce
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
In a large pot (I used a 5 qt pot) add the dry pasta, evaporated milk, and water. Stir together and heat to boiling over high heat.
Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
While pasta is cooking cook the peas in the microwave according to package directions. Be sure and drain the peas when they're done cooking.
After the pasta is done cooking for 8 minutes, stir in the cooked chicken and jar of alfredo sauce. Stir together and let cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and stir in the green peas and parmesan cheese, stirring until combined. Pasta will thicken as it sits off the heat.
I want to warn again that this dish is very mild, which is why it's so kid-friendly. As always, adapt it to what you want. Get an alfredo sauce with roasted red pepper, add some pesto into the pasta, add different spices, etc. My kids love it as is and between the 4 of them eat the entire recipe.
I cook on a gas cook top so times may vary slightly if you are using something different. Just make sure the pasta is mostly cooked in the first step (where you are boiling water, milk, and pasta) because it will finish cooking up after you add the chicken and alfredo sauce in the next step. Follow the times but you may need to add an additional few minutes depending on how cooked you want the pasta noodles.
For more flavor, you could also use chicken broth in place of the water. You may need just a bit less additional salt if you use chicken broth.
I realized that all the steamable packs of frozen veggies are different sizes. Make sure that whatever you use, it's between 9-12 oz of frozen veggies. My pack was 12 oz and that seems to be the norm.
Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg