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Easy Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

A grown-up version of a childhood favorite. Cheesy noodles with chunks of chicken and broccoli make this a dish everyone will love.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: pasta
Servings: 6

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dry pasta bowties, shells, or rotini
  • 3 cups broccoli chopped into florets
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp mustard powder optional
  • 1/8 tsp paprika optional
  • dash cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese freshly shredded

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to directions in a large pot. Add broccoli during the last 2-3 minutes of cook time. Drain pasta and broccoli and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Add garlic powder, pepper, salt, and optional mustard powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. 
  • Continue to cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce is bubbly and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
  • Add in the pasta, broccoli, and cooked diced chicken and stir to combine. Add a dash of milk as needed if sauce becomes too thick. Serve immediately.

Notes

adapted from Love Grows Wild.