A healthier version of Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta that is all made in one pot in under 30 minutes. Tender mushrooms and chicken breast in a creamy Parmesan sauce all with pasta – there isn’t a dinner much better than that in my mind. With just 437 calories (9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints), this is comfort food without the guilt.
I have been really into one pot pasta dishes the last few weeks. I think it is a symptom of feeling stressed and overwhelmed. By the end of the day, I want a meal that I can make in less than thirty minutes and something that is seriously comforting. And this creamy chicken and mushroom pasta delivers. It is so easy to make and you won’t believe how delicious the sauce is without using a ton of heavy cream.
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The key to making a thick and creamy sauce without using tons of heavy cream is to cook the pasta in just enough broth to create a sauce. The broth cooks down and combines with the natural starch in the pasta to create a flavorful, surprisingly creamy sauce. Then by adding just a touch of half and half and some Parmesan cheese, you take the sauce to the next level. I am talking a smooth, garlicky, cheesy sauce that is delicious. Especially with the chicken and earthy mushrooms. Yum.
There are all kind of ways to switch up the flavors in this recipe. I have suggested a few below to give you some ideas, but the possibilities are endless.
Ways to Personalize this One Pot Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
- Protein: There are all kinds of options for protein in this dish. I reached for chicken breast since that is the traditional option, but chicken thighs would work as well. You could also use chicken or turkey sausage – so good. Shrimp would work too. For a vegetarian option, use chickpeas or white beans and swap in vegetable broth.
- Add tomato: If you love having tomatoes with your pasta, you could add a drained can of diced tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes to the mix.
- Spice: There are very few recipes where I don’t add just a touch of heat. If you like spice, I would recommend adding some red pepper flakes to the mix while you saute the onions.
- More veggies: To kick up the nutrients in this dish, consider adding some more veggies. Spinach, asparagus, or broccoli are my favorite options.