Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Creamy Chicken Penne

I made this amazing new recipe for dinner tonight... and even though the kids weren't too fond of the "green things" (snow peas) and "red things" (red pepper) they loved it!

Creamy Chicken Penne

2 cups penne pasta
3/4 lbs. boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pkg (6oz) snow peas
1 small red pepper, chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley

Cook pasta. Meanwhile, cook chicken and onions in hot oil in large skillet for 6-8 minutes or until chicken is done. Add snow peas, red pepper and garlic. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

Melt butter in medium saucepan. Stir in flour until well blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil. Cook on medium heat 2 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Add cream cheese, grated cheese, salt and black pepper. Cook 1-2 min. or until cream cheese is melted and sauce is well blended.

Drain pasta. Add chicken mixture and sauce. Toss to coat. Top with parsley.