Recipes: Chicken, Ham and Broccoli Pasta with Cream Sauce

It’s been a while since we tried a new recipe for dinner and I figured it was time to make another attempt to expand the palates of my fussy eaters. Fresh back from the land down under with favourable results eating a carbonara pasta, I was encouraged to try this simple cream-based pasta recipe…

Tried a #cream #sauce #pasta #recipe on the family tonight with a lot of trepidation. Wasn't sure if we were going to have hungry boys at bedtime...

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 200g mince chicken
  • 200g chicken, cubed
  • 1 slice of ham
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cube of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 250g sour cream
  • broccoli
  • cooked pasta of your choice (e.g. penne, fettucine, spaghetti, etc.)

Method:

  • Cut up the broccoli, wash it and cook it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Mix the garlic puree, chicken stock, paprika and water in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a pan, add the olive oil and stir fry the chicken and ham.
  • Stir in the chicken stock mixture.
  • Stir in the sour cream.
  • Toss in the broccoli and mix everything well.
  • Mix in the pasta and serve.

Notes:

  • I used galic puree because I find it convenient. You can mince garlic bulbs if you prefer.
  • I used penne in this recipe with disastrous results since I underestimated just how much my fussy boys would protest against a change in pasta form (you see they only eat spaghetti). Personally, I think the reason spaghetti works better is because it takes on the sauce more easily achieving a more optimum pasta/sauce blend.
  • You can add salt and pepper for flavouring but I felt it was fine without them.
  • You can also add cornflower to thicken the sauce if you prefer it that way.

Verdict:

  • G1 gave it an 8 out of 10. I think we lost marks because it was penne instead of spaghetti and because we had broccoli in it.
  • G2 gave it a 1 out of 10 and later a 0 when he realised he could go even lower.
  • Hubby said it was edible – definitely better than one of the carbonara pastas we ate in Melbourne. Either that carbonara pasta was really terrible or maybe this recipe was actually more than just edible…
  • Personally, I quite enjoyed it. I would happily make it again if the whole family would just eat it without protest…

Just in case you’re wondering why my verdicts are always favourable… that’s because I only write about the recipes I liked. The ones that I didn’t like never get published.