Alfredo sauce – same same but different from carbonara. I highly recommend you try this white pasta sauce especially if there are kids at home. The luscious creamy sauce is simple to make and pairs very well with pasta and some chicken!
So what is Alfredo sauce? It is a type of white pasta sauce made up of butter, cheese and cream. There are no eggs used unlike this popular carbonara recipe. In my version, I use chicken as the protein and throw in some greens too. Again just like my carbonara recipe, this is not authentic and we use what works for us. Let’s go!
In most other recipes, you will find the chicken is cooked first then taken out and thrown into the pasta again later. Here, I do everything in one pan and don’t remove the chicken after frying. I find this saves washing up an additional plate, saves time and also just makes things simpler:)
So we start by slicing up some chicken breast into strips. Best if the slices are not too thick. I season them with some salt. In a saucepan, I add in some oil and butter. Once hot, throw in the chicken. Leave it to sear and gain some colour.
After a good few minutes, I flip the strips and allow the other side to cook. Once cooked, I add in some garlic and lower fire to a simmer. I add in the cream and give everything a good mix. Scrape up chicken bits from the bottom of pan and mix in. I season the cream with a pinch of salt (be mindful of not adding in too much salt), black pepper and italian herbs.
At this point, I tip in the parmesan cheese and allow to melt into the sauce. I use a whisk to ensure it combines well and melts thru. Since I usually add in some sort of greens into our pasta, I add in a handful of baby spinach here. It will wilt down toward the end – especially after the hot pasta is added in.
At about this time, my pasta should be cooked and I place the pot my pasta was cooking in right next to the saucepan and using a pair of tongs, transfer the pasta into the pan. Once all pasta is in toss everything together. The luscious, creamy sauce will cling to the al-dente pasta creating silken strands of yummylicious linguine. Switch off heat, dish out and serve immediately!
Do let me know if you’ve tried my version of this one pan Alfredo Chicken pasta sauce. Good luck!
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One Pan Chicken Alfredo Pasta
- 150 g pasta cooked al-dente. I used linguine
- 200 g chicken breast Sliced and seasoned with salt
- Handful of baby spinach Optional
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
For the Sauce
- 200 ml whipping cream
- 50 g grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp Italian herbs or any herbs of your choice
- Pinch of salt and black pepper
- Get the pasta cooking at the same time you start the process of frying the chicken etc.
- Pour some oil in base of saucepan and swirl to coat. Add in knob of butter. When hot, add in chicken slices and leave to sear. After 5 mins, if underside is brown/golden - flip and allow the other side to cook.
- Once cooked, add in minced garlic and lower heat to simmer. Add in cream. Mix together while scrapping up browned chicken bits at bottom of pan. Add in salt, pepper and dried herbs.
- Tip in cheese and using a whisk mix well till cheese is melted. Transfer cooked pasta directly from pot and toss or if you have drained your pasta, be sure to reserve a splash of the pasta water and add into the sauce to ensure sauce will cling to the pasta and give it a silken look. Done!
- Get the pasta cooking at about the same time you are going to begin frying the chicken and making the sauce.
- Get some colour on the chicken before flipping. Ensure chicken strips aren't too thick.
- This portion will serve around 2-3 persons.
- Use good quality parmesan cheese!
A big fan of one pan recipes! Looks delicious – thanks for the recipe!
I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight. I have all the ingredients. This sounds perfect.
The perfect simple and delicious pasta dish – great flavour and one for the whole family to enjoy! We love this for an easy dinner after a busy day.
Love it…super easy, nice and creamy…and everyone gobbled it up! Will have to make double batch next time.