2. Make the roux.
4. Add shredded cheese
After all cheese is added, should have a gooey texture
5. Stir in chicken
ONE-POT CHEESY PARMESAN PASTA
Yield: 2 servings
This is a great, quick-cooking dish that is low on clean up, because it can be made using only 1 pot! Feel free to increase or change what types of cheese you use, as long as they are cheeses that melt easily, any can be substituted. You may also swtich out the types of food added, in this version I use asparagus, mushrooms, spinach and grilled chicken; but feel free to mix it up with your favorites.
1 (8-oz.) package penne pasta (or any favorite short pasta: rigatoni, shells, spirals, etc)
4 stalks asparagus, trimmed of rough ends and chopped
1.5 Tb butter
1.5 Tb all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 tsp onion powder
pinch dried thyme
pinch dried basil
pinch red chili flakes
3 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 chicken breasts, grilled and medium diced
1 cup fresh spinach, I like to remove the stems
Salt & Pepper, to taste
5 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
3 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
Note: To lighten, 1 or 2% reduced-fat milk and reduced-fat cheese may be substituted.
Fresh herbs may be substituted, but use about 50% less than what the recipe calls for.