Snow Day Chicken Pasta — the one where my daughter made up lunch

Olivia's Snow Day Pasta.  She cooks more like me than I thought!
Olivia’s Snow Day Pasta. She cooks more like me than I thought!

Today was a snow day.

My daughter decided to make ((that means “make up”) lunch and share it with me and it was pretty good! I told her she should  write down what she did in case she wanted to make it again.

“Noodles. Pesto. Cream. Chicken. Bacon. Cheese. There.”

*facepalm

It seems she’s a lot like me after all.

I will add to her recipe for you, at least a little. (She made enough for 3-4 people, depending on appetite and whether or not you have sides to go with it. We didn’t.)

DO cook and drain  the noodles before adding the other ingredients to  it. She used macaroni, but any kind of pasta would work. Okay, maybe not lasagna noodles. But other than that, you’re okay.

DO use whatever kind of cheese you like. We had some shredded Italian blend on hand, but you can use any kind of shredded cheese. Keep the mixture over medium heat to melt the cheese.

DO add cream and pesto slowly to make sure you don’t add too much. Stir well until the mixture is well blended and all the cheese is melted.

DO cook and crumble the bacon before you add it. She cooked hers in the microwave, but you can also cook it on the stove or in the oven. She cooked 3 pieces, but said she would probably add one more if she made it again. 

DO make sure the chicken is already cooked and pulled/cut into bite-sized pieces. She used pre-cooked canned chicken, but it’s a good way to use up leftovers of rotisserie chicken or other cooked chicken.  Add the chicken and bacon after the cheese melts. Keep over medium heat until the chicken is warm through.

DO top with Parmesan cheese after serving. You could also use seasoned bread crumbs for more crunch.

One of the beauties of a snow — a new recipe!

 

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