One Pot Meal #1: Chicken and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

So I really, really hate doing dishes after I cook dinner. I have actually come to enjoy cooking and making new meals for us to eat, but if a recipe requires that I use a whole bunch of pots and pans and bowls, I most likely won’t even make it. This is especially true on a week night, once I get home from a long day at work, the last thing I want to do after cooking dinner is do a ton of dishes. So I have gotten into finding one pot meals to make and it is life changing! One pot meals are usually just dump and cook and ready in less than 30 minutes and I only have one thing to hand wash when it’s done so it is a win-win situation.

So that brings me to this post, I have decided to combine some of the recipes I have found and started to create my own to share with all of you! I promise all of my one pot meals will be fast, easy and with minimal clean up. “One pot” to me means skillet, crockpot, baking pan, etc. – as long as there is only one thing to clean at the end, it counts! I will also try my best to incorporate all 5 food groups into each dish so it truly is a balanced meal. These are perfect for full time workers, moms, beginner cooks and anyone in between!

One Pot Meal: Chicken and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

What You’ll Need:

1 lb of Chicken, Diced
Olive Oil
Minced Garlic
1 Package Penne Pasta – I use whole wheat
I 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
2 cups of water
Italian Seasoning
Red Pepper Chili Fakes
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
Grated Parmesan Cheese


-Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, add chicken. Sprinkle minced garlic to completely coat chicken, heat on medium until fully cooked.

-Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 cups of water and uncooked pasta.

-Add about 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning,  and sprinkle red pepper flakes to taste (a lot if you like it spicy or none, if you prefer)

-Add salt and pepper to taste

-Cook uncovered on medium low heat until pasta al-dente (about 10 minutes)

-Add heavy cream while heat still on and stir until blended

-Turn of heat, but leave pan on burner. Add a generous handful of parmesan cheese and stir until blended.

Makes four generous servings.

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