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creamy pasta

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

This is a really simply, quick and tasty dish to make and it’s one that our whole family loves. It’s made with low fat creme fraiche too, so it’s not as calorific as it would be if you used cream. If you’re not concerned with things like carb intake, serve it with home made garlic bread. Yummy! If you’re feeling energetic you could also make your own pasta. Liam’s recipe is here.

creamy pasta


4 chicken fillets, cut into chunks
small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 large courgette, halved lengthways and then sliced
handful baby spinach leaves
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
10 mushrooms, sliced
400 g reduced fat creme fraiche
1 tsp honey
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
Coconut oil for frying
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp salt for the courgette
Pasta to serve


Place the sliced courgette into a bowl and sprinkle with the 1/2 tsp of salt and set aside. This draws the water out of it and stops it from going so soggy when you cook it. Do this first before prepping any of the other veg as it needs to sit for about 20 minutes or so at least.
Once all your veg and chicken is chopped, put your usual amount of pasta on to cook in salted boiling water.
Heat the coconut oil in a deep pan or wok and fry the chicken until fully cooked. Remove from the pan and set to one side.
Add a small bit more oil to the pan if needed and add the broccoli, tomato, garlic and mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn.
Remove the courgette from the bowl and dump any of the water that comes of it. Pat it dry with kitchen paper and rub off any excess salt. Add it to the pan with the rest of the vegetables and fry for a minute or so.
Add the creme fraiche and stir until it heats and melts into a saucy consistency. Add the honey, basil, cooked chicken and spinach leaves to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, until the broccoli is cooked to your liking - some people prefer it softer, some with more of a bite. If you find that the sauce is getting too dry or thick, ladle in some water from the pasta and stir until it's incorporated. Do it a little at a time to avoid the sauce getting too watery.
Taste the sauce and season again if necessary. Serve on top of the pasta.
    • Catherine
    • 24th January 2018


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