chicken mushroom spaghetti & a giveaway!

Did you see my last post about Catelli's new ancient grains pasta?  I was given a few boxes to take home with me, so I tried some out as soon as I could.  Yep, still delicious.  

I decided to make a chicken and mushroom spaghetti inspired by a dish my mom used to cook when I was a kid.  She used to use cream of mushroom soup with either chicken or pork chops and serve it with noodles or rice.  Straight up comfort food for me :)

Keep scrolling down past the recipe to find a Catelli pasta giveaway!

Chicken Mushroom Spaghetti

  • 1/2 box Catelli Ancient Grains Spaghetti
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-2 cups shitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 2-3 cups white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Put on a large pot of generously salted water.  While it's coming up to a boil, start preparing the chicken and mushrooms.  

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt & pepper.  Sear the chicken breasts for 5 minutes each side, so they get a good golden colour.  After the chicken is seared remove it from the pan.  Don't worry if they're not cooked all the way through yet - they go back in the pan later.  

Get the pasta cooking, then start on the mushrooms.  Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, then add the mushrooms, shallot, garlic and thyme.  Saute for a few minutes, then deglaze the pan with the chicken stock and continue cooking until the mushrooms are softened.  Add in the cream cheese and stir until it melts into the mushrooms.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.  Put the chicken breasts back in the pan, cover and turn the heat to low and continue cooking for 5 minutes.  

Drain the pasta - reserving a bit of the cooking water in case the sauce is too thick.  Toss the spaghetti with the mushroom sauce immediately, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.  

This recipe is Hannah approved

Win a year's supply of Catelli pasta!  

Here's what you need to do:  Post a comment on this post telling me what your favourite pasta dish is, then enter the contest through Rafflecopter.  The contest closes on April 11, 2015. 

Post update (April 12):  The contest is now closed.  Thank so much to all who participated, I loved reading through your favourite pasta dishes!  The winner was Sandra M.  - I hope you enjoy lots and lots of delicious pasta Sandra!