MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Here is a picture of my beloved Nativity set (sorry I couldn’t really get a good picture – the other ones I took were glaring and almost neon, cuz of the flash). My mom put up this set every year when I was a child and I loved it so much. I used to play with all the figurines. My husband and I do not have our own Nativity set yet, so she graciously gave me this one! I am so excited.
For Christmas Day (though, really, I don’t expect anyone to read this ON Christmas Day), I am giving you a super easy and super quick dish! I seem to be on a roll with these one pot/pan dishes lately…but hey, they’re easy, yummy, and…well…easy and yummy. My husband especially liked this chicken alfredo meal by No. 2 Pencil, and continued raving about how great it was all weekend. Have I ever mentioned how much it makes me happy that my husband loves my cooking? Oftentimes, he’ll come home, I’ll dish up his food, and he’ll dig in, before even asking what I’m serving him! He just seems to trust my judgment (haha…I could use that against him!).
In any case, this would be a great recipe to follow up Christmas with, as many people (myself included) will be returning to work, cleaning up wrapping paper at home, and not really in any rush to cook another elaborate meal. Oh, and it can easily be done without chicken, if you are veg. Enjoy!
One-Pan Chicken Alfredo (or just Alfredo)
-3tbsp olive oil (I just used veg oil, and NOT 3tbsp, haha)
-2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-14oz low-sodium chicken broth
-1cu heavy cream
-1/2lb penne pasta (or any other smaller, bite-size shape pasta)
-2cu freshly shredded (legit) parmesan cheese
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-Flat leaf parsley, for garnish
-Brown chicken in oil over medium high heat (I used a deep frying pan). It does not need to be fully cooked through at this point, as it will continue to cook as it is simmering.
-Once browned, add minced garlic and sauté for about one minute. Then add chicken broth, cream, and uncooked pasta to the pan, and stir.
-Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer for 14-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
-Remove from heat and stir in shredded parmesan cheese. Season with salt or pepper if needed.