Creamy Tomato Parmesan Pasta with Chicken

12 | May 8, 2012

There are times when dinner needs to come together fast. Like when your dog is covered in glue and glitter because you were not watching and on the phone when your 3-year-old dumped a canister of glitter on him and he’s eating it, she’s laughing, and the old senile cat who hates you is peeing on everyone’s beds. That kind of fast. What this doesn’t happen to you? Is it wrong to say there is a wine IV connected to me right now as I’m writing this post? We’re going to keep it short tonight and hope I can write in coherent sentences.

Creamy Tomato Parmesan Pasta with Chicken is a simple fast dinner that satisfies everyone’s hunger including the grounded for life toddler who is going through an anti-spinach and tomato phase yet still scarfed down an entire bowl.

Creamy Tomato Parmesan Pasta with Chicken serves 6 

  • 1 box (1 pound) Farfalle pasta
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cup half and half (3/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup cream)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh or 1 can (rinsed and drained) diced tomatoes
– Really, I know it looks like a lot of ingredients to be a fast and simple recipe but trust me this thing comes together faster than a Kardashian wedding.

Start to boil the water needed to cook the pasta. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. And yes I said box. I know I preach about whole and fresh but tonight I am not making my own pasta.

While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken, salt, oregano, and pepper. Cook until chicken is browned and fully cooked about 5 to 8 minutes. Move to a plate and cover with foil until ready to use. I use ground meat from the farmers market. The taste and texture is incomparable to what you find in the store.

Peel and finely chop garlic cloves.

In the same pan as the chicken was cooked in, heat the remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garilc and a pinch of salt. Saute the garlic for 2 minutes.

To the garlic, add tomato paste and half and half (cream and milk) and stir to incorporate. Turn heat to low. I use half and half (half cream/half milk) because I find it works just as well as using whole cream but with half the fat and calories.

Add parmesan to the tomato cream sauce and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Finely chop spinach. If you are using fresh tomatoes dice them as well.

In a large bowl, add pasta, chicken, spinach and tomatoes.

Pour the tomato cream sauce over. Stir to combine. The heat of the pasta and the sauce will cook the spinach.

Plate, add extra Parmesan (shaved or grated), and serve.

Creamy, delicately cheesy, full of vegetables, and super fast — if it’s not your kids favorite it will be yours. Enjoy.




  • Julia {The Roasted Root}

    You just made me want to eat dinner again! The shaved parmesan with the creamy sun dried tomato…. ::swoon::

  • NanaBread (Jeanne)

    Okay, that’s really pretty. And easy. I loved that you could put it together even while your dog is covered in glue & glitter, the cat is peeing everywhere and you’re hooked up to a wine IV. Sounds like my kind of recipe. :)

  • the husband

    I can hear it now: “Ah ha ha ha JAAAAAACK!!!!”

  • Christy with Life of a Modern Housewife

    This looks absolutely delicious!! Can’t wait to try this; I know the hubs will love it!

  • Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    This is my kind of meal! This looks fabulous and I love the touch of the shaved parm.

  • Minnie(@thelady8home)

    You actually made me feel so hungry. Looks so yummy and delicious.

  • Angie

    Easier than I thought, and a keeper for sure. The tomato sauce was creamy and delicious, my husband ate two helpings, and the Kardashian comment kept me smiling the entire time I was making it. Thank you!

  • Courtney

    My family loved this so much! I’m actually sharing it on my blog today. And now, after writing the post, I’m totally wishing I had some to eat today!

  • Fran

    Have you ever tried evaporated skim milk in place of 1/2 and 1/2??

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      No I haven’t so I can’t tell you what the results would be like. Sorry!

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