Cream cheese & chicken carbonara

It’s no secret that KB:
a) Loves pasta, and
b) Loves my cooking!

Perhaps he is biased, but I’ll take the compliment! Last night I gave him a choice: Chicken stirfry served on noodles or chicken pasta (to use the leftover roast chicken from his previous night’s dinner). Naturally, he chose pasta. So, I rummaged around in the kitchen to see what chicken pasta dish I could throw together.

I came up with a delicious chicken carbonara! The best thing? It can be tweaked to be either vegetarian or carnivorous without much effort. Vegetarian option for me and chicken option for KB. Win-win!

Cream Cheese & Chicken Carbonara

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients
2 Cups classic bechamel sauce
2 Cloves crushed garlic
1 Small onion (diced)
1/2 Cup green pepper (diced)
2 Cups mushrooms (diced)
1/2 Cup diced bacon
1 Cup cooked chicken
1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp fresh parsley
1/2 Tub cream cheese
Pinch of salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
750g Penne

Method
Get your classic bechamel/white sauce ready before you start. I prefer to make my own, even if it frustrates me and threatens to be lumpy sometimes. But you can use a store-bought sauce to cut down on cooking time.

  1. Gently fry the onion until translucent and soft.
  2. Add the bacon, garlic, green pepper and mushrooms and muddle over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the white sauce, cheddar cheese and cream cheese to the onion/greenpepper/garlic and mushroom mixture.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook and drain the pasta.
  6. Add the shredded chicken to the sauce.
  7. Gently mix the creamy sauce and parsley through the pasta.

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Chef’s notes

  • To serve a vegetarian option in addition to a chicken option, fry the bacon separately and add it with the chicken towards the end. Dish a portion of pasta into a separate serving bowl and add a generous serving of creamy sauce and parsley before you add the meat ingredients to the sauce.
  • Simply leave the bacon and chicken out completely for a vegetarian dish.
  • Add plain or flavoured cream cheese – I added a jalapeños cream cheese to the dish I made.

It’s a poor-quality photo, I know. It was taken on my cellphone moments before KB wrestled his bowl of dinner away from me 😉

Nicky

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