Monday, December 20, 2010

Gorgonzola Chicken Penne

Wow, this holiday season is whizzing right on by. Between work, holiday parties, baking and shopping, the time just seems to be slipping away. But now we're in the home stretch, and Christmas is less than a week away. Something that has helped me manage all the hustle and bustle of the season are quick and tasty meals. This pasta dish was a wonderful end to a busy day. Delicious and stress-free... doesn't get much better than that!

Yields 6 servings
2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 tbsp water
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
9 tbsp butter, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
6 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 3/4 cups less-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups (6 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place broccoli and water in a small microwave safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Set aside.

In a large skillet, saute chicken in 3 tablespoons butter until no longer pink. (Season chicken to your liking.) Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion in remaining butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese until blended.

Drain pasta and broccoli; add to onion mixture. Add chicken; heat through. Season with pepper.

Source: Taste of Home 2010 Best Holiday Recipes magazine


Sandra on December 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

This looks like my kind of meal. I love pasta, any pasta:)) and you did amazing, amazing job! Looks so delicious!

Carolyn on December 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM said...

Oh yum, I love the additon of the gorgonzola here, it really would ramp up a regular chicken penne dish.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow, I bet that is just fantastic!

Aimee on December 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM said...

This looks and sounds delicious! I have already added it to my menu plan for next week, thanks!

Evan @swEEts on December 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM said...

I love gorgonzola and I love pasta so I think I'll love this dish :) Can't wait to give it a go!

Jason Phelps on December 22, 2010 at 8:43 PM said...

You sure have some serious flavor in the recipe. I have a soft spot for cheese so I am glad there isn't a dish of this around right now!


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