Packed full of flavor and made in JUST ONE Pot, this 🥘 One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta is what should be for dinner tonight! Ground chicken and onions are sautéed and combined with cream, veggie broth, and pasta sauce. Once pasta is cooked, stir in some cream cheese and dinner is ready! I LOVE when dinner is that simple to make and even easier to clean up!
Early on in my marriage, I tried to constantly find recipes to make that didn’t have too many steps. When it came to pasta dishes, almost all of them had me boil the pasta first then combine with other things later on. I would get annoyed because it was extra steps and dishes I didn’t have time to do or clean up. So I created this recipe (and a few others) that combined all the steps in one pot! The results are delicious and my heart is so happy that clean up in a cinch! It’s the little things in life, right? 🙂
Do I have to use Rigatoni Pasta?
No, you do not have to use rigatoni in this dish. I like to use it because the noddles are big and filling. Penne, shells, or elbow pastas work just fine. The only difference is, is since the rigatoni is a more substantial size noddle, the sauce may not be as thick at the end. It will still taste great and that variation may please you more!
Can I use milk instead of half and half?
You can absolutely substitute in which ever milk product you prefer. I will say that the half and half gives the pasta a great, creamy texture. If you use something lights, like skim milk or 1%, the texture will not be as thick and creamy. It will still taste great, but you will lose a bit of the consistency that half and half provides.
Ingredients for our One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta:
- Ground Chicken
- Vegetable Broth
- Sweet Onion
- Cream Cheese
- Half and Half
- Pasta Sauce
How to make our One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta:
First, drizzle 1 TBS of EVOO into a skillet and heat to medium heat. Next, add 1 cup of diced onion and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add 1 TSP of minced garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Add ground chicken to onions and cook until meat is cooked all the way through.
Once chicken is cooked, pour in 2 cups of pasta sauce, 1/2 cup of half and half, and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Stir to fully combine. Add the 8 ounces of dry pasta. Bring mixture to a boil and stir occasionally for 12 minutes, or until pasta is fully cooked.
Last, add in the cream cheese, in small pieces, and stir until fully combined, about 2 more minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil and salt to taste. Serve immediately.
Bottom line: make dinner both delicious and simple tonight. You can always substitute in any ground meat you have too: pork, turkey, or beef! This is especially good on a cold night because a large creamy bowl of this will surely warm you right up! Love one pan pasta dishes?? Give my One Pan Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta dish a try next time!
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- 1 pound, ground chicken
- 8 ounces dry pasta (1/2 box)
- 2 cups pasta sauce
- 3/4 cup half and half
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3/4 block of cream cheese
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a skillet and heat to medium heat. Add 1 cup of diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
- Next, add 1 clove of minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon) and cook for additional 2-3 minutes.
- Add ground chicken to onions and cook until meat is cooked all the way through, about 8 minutes.
- Once chicken is cooked, pour in 2 cups of pasta sauce, 1/2 cup of half and half, and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Stir to fully combine.
- Add the 8 ounces of dry pasta. Bring mixture to a boil and stir occasionally for 12 minutes, or until pasta is fully cooked.
- Last, add in the cream cheese, in small pieces, and stir until fully combined, about 2 more minutes.
- Garnish with fresh basil and salt to taste. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 586mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 26g
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)