Last week, some of our kids were coming to dinner and had requested this dish a couple of weeks ago. It sounded really good when I looked at the recipe, so decided to try it. Im not really fond of pasta with cream sauces, as I prefer tomato based, but after having this, I have changed my mind and was so glad I tried it. Was so easy and had such few ingredients that it makes a great dish to serve company.
2 cups cubed roasted chicken breast ( I stopped in at Costco and picked one up)
16 oz box of penne pasta, cooked until done and drained
3 tables butter
3 tables flour
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups half & half
1/2 teas dried oregano
1/2 tesas dreid basil
1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 teas salt
1/2 teas pepper ( I added about another 1/2 teas as I love the flavor of pepper with the cream)
Chop chicken breast until you have about 2 cups. Set aside. Reserve rest of chicken for another use.
Melt the butter and stir in the flour until a paste is formed. Stir in the minced garlic and cook in paste until garlic is tender. Gradually add the half & half in and stir continually until it is beginning to thicken. Add the spices and the cheese. Stir until well blended. Add the cooked (and drained) penne pasta into the sauce. When well mixed, sprinkle even more cheese over the top and place in a preheated 350 oven. Bake until cheese on top is melted and pasta is beginning to bubble. Serve with fresh garlic bread and salad.