Tuesday, February 15, 2011

White Cheddar, Wine & Roasted Garlic Pasta

With chicken. And broccoli. This was amazing. Amazingly easy, too. As long as you plan ahead and make the garlic paste, it's a cinch to whip together. I think it's also one of Scot's new favorites and may even have a spot on the "Top 10" list for him, but I'd have to double check on that. Essentially, it's a gourmet-ish mac n cheese with some chicken and broccoli thrown in, at least that's what I told my 2 year old. Nice enough to serve to guests but not labor intensive -- my kind of "guest" meal! Serve with a nice salad and some bread, put some candles on the table and justlikethat you're in your own little Italian restaurant. At least that's what we pretended last night. For about 5 minutes. Until the boys each wanted to sit in a lap and talk to Daddy. Serves 4

White Cheddar, Wine & Roasted Garlic Pasta8 oz. Penne
  • 2 T butter
  • ¼ cup roasted garlic paste (Wrap 2 heads of garlic (with the papery outer layer off and the top 1/4 cut off) in tin foil and bake for one hour at 350. Let cool and then squeeze roasted garlic goodness into a small bowl and smash with a fork.)
  • 1½ T flour
  • ¼ c white wine
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 1 c shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets and blanched until crisp-tender, OR, if you're in a hurry like me and don't have time to chop chop chop, one bag of frozen broccoli florets steamed
  • 1 boneless/skinless chicken breast (2 halves), grilled or pan fried and cut into bite size pieces
  • Grated Parmesan for the top (actually pictured!!!)
-- Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile...
--In a large saucepan or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic paste. Stir about a minute. Add the flour and stir some more.
--Add the liquids, stirring constantly, and let it come to a simmer for 2 or 3 minutes.
--Add the cheese and enjoy watching it melt before your eyes. Oh yes. Stir.
--Add in the chicken and broccoli and stir to coat.
--By now, your pasta should be done, so drain that and then add into the sauce as well.
--Dish 'er up and enjoy the delicate and yet intricate flavors!


  1. Hey Sarah I love reading your recipes and I've almost made a few of them. Tonight was the night! I am making this recipe and so far it's going great. Thanks for the idea!

  2. oh, i'm so glad!! they're all so easy, I hope you try more! :)

  3. trying this soon!
    do you have a page on fb?