Pasta dishes are a timeless classic adored worldwide. Pasta’s popularity must, in part, stem from its resounding versatility. With over 350 different types of pasta to choose from, and just as many sauces and ingredients, it’s easy to create the perfect pasta dish around your needs. Looking for something hearty and filling? Spaghetti and meatballs or fettuccini Alfredo are sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. Or are you in the mood for something light and fresh to tide you over on a hot summer day? A cold pasta salad with chicken and fresh veggies will no doubt do the trick. Pasta can be the impressive meal you serve at a dinner party or the comfort food you eat in sweats on the couch.
Having a few tried and true pasta recipes on hand can be a lifesaver and a great starting point for improvised meals. Tired of the same boring leftovers every night? Try turning them into an exciting pasta dish! Leftover chicken is especially suitable for pasta. Chicken’s mild flavour is the perfect canvas for pasta sauce and adds a substantial dose of protein to your meal. If you ever find yourself struggling with how to use up all those random ingredients in your fridge, just think pasta!
If you are concerned about calories, you should know that there are many ways to make your pasta dish healthy and nutritious. Many supermarket pasta brands offer whole wheat, vegetable, and even gluten-free alternatives. Zucchini noodles are also making their mark on the pasta scene as a fun and healthy take on the spaghetti noodle. Making your own sauce at home is another way to moderate your intake. Plus it’s easy to throw a few extra veggies into the mix, regardless of the recipe you’re using.
With so many different pastas and sauces to choose from, it can be overwhelming to create a dish from scratch. Here are ten of our favourite chicken and pasta recipes to get you started.
1. Chicken and Spinach Alfredo
This take on the classic fettuccine Alfredo is creamy, decadent, and remarkably easy to prepare.
2. Pasta Portofino
Chicken and shrimp served in a creamy white sauce make this dish special enough to serve your guests, but so delicious you won’t want to share!
3. Baked Chicken and Rosemary Pasta
This dish has everything you need in a comfort food: fresh herbs, hearty chicken, and tons of cheesy goodness.
4. Saucy Chicken Meatballs & Pasta
Chicken meatballs are a lighter, healthier version of the traditional beef meatballs. In this recipe, onions, herbs, sundried tomatoes, and garlic create meatballs with a deep, rich flavour.
5. One-Pot Chicken Pasta
This quick dinner is full of flavour and is a great way to use up some of that leftover chicken.
6. Chicken & Pasta alla Carbonara
Savoury bacon, parmesan, and chicken come together in this divinely delicious recipe.
7. Jazzy Jambalaya Pasta
When you’re craving hearty and hot but want to keep the calories in tow, this is the recipe to turn to. Peppered with spicy sausage in an antioxidant rich tomato sauce, there’s a lot of satisfying spicy eating to savour without committing a caloric crime.
8. Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables
You can easily use frozen veggies, canned tomatoes, and leftover chicken for this recipe, making it a lifesaver on those busy weeknights.
9. Creamy Chicken Pasta Dinner for One
Nutritious and delicious, this recipe for one has one serving of protein, two servings of grain, and three servings of vegetables.