I absolutely love creamy pasta dishes. If someone was to say to me, ‘Girl, you gonna die tomorrow.’ I’d, 100%, make my last meal a spaghetti carbonara. It’s just everything wonderful about the world: mushrooms, bacon, pasta and cheese. It’s making me hungry thinking about it.
But, I have no idea how to make it, and being completely honest I’m in no rush to learn. It’s my going out, dream holiday to Italy, meal. It’s not for Monday evening I can’t be bothered to cook but want all the pasta tea. But, I have an alternate that totally is. This creamy one pot pasta is my carbonara craving defeater meal and it takes less than 30 minutes to cook and only one pot, winner right?
I started cooking this when my Auntie bought me a Le Crueset casserole dish. It’s perfect for this dish as you can use it on the stove, cook it in the oven and if you are serving it up to guests, it’s a wonderful centre piece on a table. I absolutely love it and if you have any dishes for me to cook up in it, please let me know! So, to start making this dish of goodness, you need:
Ingredients (Serves 2-3 people)
1 chicken breast per person
1 small pack of pancetta
1 medium onion
Handful of button mushrooms
150ml of single cream
400ml of chicken stock
75g of pasta per person (I use penne or shells – taglitelle or spaghetti doesn’t work for this)
1 tsp of powdered garlic
Pinch of salt and pepper
1. Dice up the chicken and fry it off in the pot with a bit of vegetable oil on a medium heat
2. Once browned, add the pancetta, mushrooms, onion and powdered garlic into the pan until cooked.
3. Pour in the chicken stock and single dream and stir the meat and vegetables so it’s all covered.
4. Add the pasta, salt and pepper. Stir it into the mixture. Turn down the heat so the mixture is simmering. Pop on the lid and leave for 12 minutes and stir occasionally.
5. Pour the parmessan gradually stirring it in and letting it melt into the mixture. Once sitrred in, serve immediately.
It’s so simple this recipe, involves little washing up and is the perfect midweek tea. It even tastes delicious as leftovers for lunch the next day!