The food: Although I love cooking, there are many nights when I stare blankly at the ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry. No plan, no creativity, no energy. On those evenings, it’s nice to have an easy one pot recipe at the ready. Less work, less imagination, less clean up. Perfect. This cheesy chicken pasta with veggies comes together quickly and tastes great.
The music: One pot recipes seem a little crazy, frantic, and fun. A modern musical equivalent is Grouplove, the New York indie rock band that’s had a series of major hits over the last few years. They’ve released two full-length albums, the newer of which is 2013’s “Spreading Rumours.” If you listen to the radio at all you’ve likely heard “Ways to Go.” That hit is a decent representation of the rest of this album, which is primarily upbeat and easy on the ears. You can listen to one side while you make dinner and the other while you eat it. If you don’t have the vinyl, you can listen to this (and a few other choice Grouplove songs) on my One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta playlist on Spotify.
This quick one pot recipes proves it is easy to be cheesy (sorry, that was awful, but I couldn’t resist). Enjoy!
If you like cheesy chicken pastas, you’ll love my recipe for Chicken Afredo with Sun Dried Tomatoes, too.
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 medium onion, sliced
- 4 baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tbsp. garlic
- 1 large chicken breast, cubed
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 2 cups broth
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 8 oz. pasta
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- Melt butter over medium-high heat. Add pepper, onion, mushrooms, and garlic and cook until tender. Add chicken cook completely.
- Add seasoning and flour slowly, stirring until everything in the pot is coated. Slowly stir in broth and half and half.
- Add pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until pasta is al dente, about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently to keep pasta from sticking to the pot.
- Add spinach and wilt 1 minute. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serve immediately.
Believe it or not, you are the first person I’ve met who also listens to Grouplove. I discovered them through Coachella and omg they have become one of my favorite indie groups. Love that album.
Your pasta dish looks incredible. xo
Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Definitely pinning to make!
Thanks for stopping by and for pinning, Tara. Love the name of your blog. Excited to keep reading more from you! Becky
This looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by my site, looking forward to seeing more of your recipes.
Oh man this makes me hungry! I am definitely going to have to make this soon! Pinned!
Thank you so much for sharing and commenting. Glad to have connected on our social sites and hope we can keep in touch. Becky
One pot meals are my favorite for busy weeknights! Or lazy weekends!
Totally agree, Meaghan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Becky
One pot meals are the best! Found your recipe at the Two Cup Tuesday Link Party. I am the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link up this recipe. Here is the link
This is my kind of meal, it’s my no sharing dish as my husband doesn’t really like it. Perfect for lazy days.
Thanks for stopping by, Diane. I’m glad to “meet” you! Becky
Thanks for stopping by, Lori! I will stop by your party, thanks for the invite. Becky
I’m always having those moments of very little creativity and energy when it comes to making dinner during the week, so this recipe is PERFECT. Plus, I love cheesiness and chicken 😉
P.S. I love your pairing of music and recipes! So clever!
Thanks so much for coming by, Jillian! I’m glad we got to “meet”. Becky
Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!
I need to get into one pot meals. Especially since I make a mess of our kitchen! Thanks for linking up with Turn it Up Tuesday!
Yum!!! Great combo 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark last week! Hope you’ll join us again tomorrow – the party starts at 6am EST!
Thank you! I’ll definitely be back to your party week after week. Becky