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Happy Wednesday! I’m back with a recipe post (for my super yummy Italian Chicken Spaghetti!!) for the first time in forever! Remember when I used to post recipes all the time? I guess that’s back when I loved to cook and bake and these days I’m all about ordering from my meal prep service…HA!
Well the other day I was at Walmart and saw this Barilla Protein Pasta and decided it was time to make something more elaborate than a sandwich. I am a master Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti maker and so I decided to try my hand at Italian Spaghetti but with the above mentioned protein pasta rather than regular pasta.
Now I have tried whole grain and protein pasta before and they have not been good at all. The protein pasta I used from Barilla actually tastes like real pasta!! No funky texture and no weird aftertaste, it just tastes like regular old pasta. I think it may be my go-to fro now on because it’s not that much more expensive than regular pasta.
Anyway, back to the recipe! The first thing I do when I start this recipe is get my pasta water boiling. The pasta doesn’t take long to boil but it seems like it takes forever for the water to get to boiling. HA!
The next thing I do is get my chicken ready to bake. You can totally just bake it plain but I’m not about that plain baked, boring chicken life. I like to season mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. My chicken tastes amazing on it’s own and even better in this pasta!
While the pasta water is heating up and the chicken is baking I chop all my veggies and get the onions and bell peppers sautéing. I mentioned this in the recipe post below but I don’t let my veggies get as soft as I normally would in this recipe because it makes a LOT and I know I will be reheating it at some point and don’t want them to be soggy and gross later. Your future self will thank you for this. LOL
Everything always seems to come together at about the same time and you can throw everything in a big ole mixing bowl and serve it that way or you can be like me and layer it all in a bowl…pasta, veggies, chicken…and then top it with a splash (or more!!) of the Olive Garden Signature Italian Dressing and a little parm cheese. YUM.
And that, my friends, is my fairly easy, Italian Chicken Spaghetti with Protein Pasta!! Full recipe is below…
Have you used this protein pasta??
Do you like Italian Chicken Spaghetti??