One-pot pasta dishes are great when you don't have a lot of time to spend at the stove or when you get home really tired after a day's work and want a meal with minimal fuss.
In a hot Dutch oven, I sauteed the diced chicken which had been seasoned with salt and pepper until the chicken was brown.
Followed by the chicken, and gave everything a good stir, I covered with the lid and cooked this for 3-5 minutes, until the broccoli was soft.
If the sauce is too thick add a little pasta water and mix some more until you get the consistency that you like.
And proceeded to eat an entire plateful.
High praise indeed!
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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Broccoli (Serves 4-6)
Loosely adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
600g chicken breasts, cubed
1 medium onion, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red pepper, de-seeded and finely diced
2-3 cups (about 1 medium broccoli) chopped fresh broccoli florets
1 pack (200g) shitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
2 cups (480ml) low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1-2 lemons)
1 pack (500g) pasta - I used instant spaghetti
3/4 cup milk or cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
Salt and pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
dried chili flakes (optional)
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Saute in a hot Dutch oven in some olive oil. When chicken is brown, remove the chicken and set aside.
2. Add a little more olive oil. Saute onion and red peppers for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add garlic and give everything a stir.
3. Add mushroom and broccoli, followed by the chicken stock. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and cook the broccoli for 3-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want the broccoli to be.
4. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice, followed by the cream (or milk). Check the seasonings.
5. Thicken the sauce with the corn starch slurry.
6. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining the pasta.
6. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add a little pasta water to thin the sauce.
7. Top with Parmesan cheese, chili flakes and pepper. Serve immediately.