Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Add oven-roasted garlic and sautéed chicken breasts to creamy Parmesan fettuccine and spinach pasta, and voilà! You have a flavorful chicken pasta dinner that satisfies everyone's appetite in no time at all. Add a salad and a loaf of Italian or French bread, and you have a complete and filling weeknight dinner for four.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 2 packages (2.3 oz. each) P$$T…™ Parmesan Pasta & Sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 3 or 4 strips each
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Peel off as much of the thin, papery layers from the outside of the head of garlic as you can. Trim about ¼” off the top of the head of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves. Drizzle olive oil over the top, allowing it to soak in a bit. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil and roast in the oven for about 40 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • Prepare the chicken while the garlic is cooling. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the strips of chicken breast with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in the skillet, turning 1 or 2 times, until they're cooked all the way through, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
  • Prepare the sauce while the chicken is cooking. Bring the water, milk and butter or margarine to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the contents of both packages of Pasta & Sauce. Continue boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the noodles are tender. The sauce will thicken upon standing 2-3 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, pop out the cloves of roasted garlic by pressing on the bottom of each clove to push it out of its paper. Using the back of a spoon, mash the roasted garlic cloves. Add the mashed garlic to the pasta and sauce and mix well.
  • To serve, scoop ¼ of the pasta and sauce into each bowl, top with ¼ of the sautéed chicken breasts and a couple of whole roasted garlic cloves, if desired. Enjoy!