Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

08.07.2014

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta | Cooking Classy

Are you looking for a new recipe to add to the rotation? Then you are most definitely going to want to try this one! This pasta may look like somewhat of a mess, I was hesitant to share because the photos don’t do this pasta justice (and it’s one of those things where the noodles absorb all that saucy goodness before you can get a nice pic), but it was seriously too good not to share!

This pasta is perfectly creamy and it has just the right amount added flavor from the parmesan, Neufchatel cheese and the garlic. After the pasta is tossed in the lighter alfredo style sauce, it is then upgraded with a few of my favorite dinner ingredients – herbed chicken, fresh asparagus and salty bacon. You can never go wrong with bacon, right? I listed the bacon as optional in case you want to keep it healthier but if you are willing to splurge a little it really makes this pasta so delish!

Even though this pasta takes a few steps and a few pans, it is more than worth it! Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta | Cooking Classy

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta | Cooking Classy

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta | Cooking Classy

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 6 servings

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded with mallet to even thickness
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus more for sauce
  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed of ends, remaining diced into 2-inch pieces and steamed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/4 cup cream or half and half
  • 3 oz Neufchatel cheese (aka light cream cheese), diced into pieces
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 - 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into small pieces (optional)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, stir together basil, oregano, thyme and 1/4 salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of the herb mixture evenly over tops of chicken. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chicken to skillet, herbed side down, then add remaining herb mixture to tops of chicken. Cook chicken until fully cooked through, about 8 - 12 minutes, occasionally rotating chicken (time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts. If chicken is browning too quickly reduce heat to medium low as needed). Transfer cooked chicken to a plate, let rest 5 minutes then dice into pieces.
  • Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions listed on package, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
  • In a clean skillet (large and deep), melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer, stirring constantly. While whisking, slowly pour in milk then cream (whisk vigorously to break up clumps). Season with salt and pepper to taste (a fair amount of each) and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it reaches a boil and thickens, reduce heat to medium-low, add Neufchatel and parmesan cheese and cook, stirring frequently, until cheeses have melted.
  • Toss in cooked pasta, then add cooked chicken, steamed asparagus and bacon and toss to evenly coat. Add in reserved pasta water as desired (it will thicken as it rests and the pasta will absorb the liquids, so add up to 1/2 cup as needed). Serve immediately.
  • Recipe Source: inspired by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/08/creamy-chicken-asparagus-pasta/

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta | Cooking Classy

77 comments

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Your images are so vibrant and gorgeous! I love how truly creamy this looks and asparagus is one of my faves! August 7, 2014 at 8:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie :)! August 8, 2014 at 8:31am Reply

      • Seven C: how do you calculate the calories in this dish? June 28, 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

  • Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen: Not many things are more comforting than a warm bowl of pasta! The creamy sauce and asparagus look perfect in this! I think your photos are lovely. :) August 7, 2014 at 9:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kristine!! August 8, 2014 at 8:31am Reply

  • Matt Robinson: This is definitely one I would add to our rotation, love this dish! August 7, 2014 at 10:54pm Reply

  • kate: omg Jaclyn that looks amazing I follow u on instrgram my name is kate_brophy plssseeeee follow me thanks im a huge fan August 8, 2014 at 6:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Done and done! :) Thanks for following Kate! August 8, 2014 at 10:36am Reply

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures: I think these pictures look absolutely delicious! August 8, 2014 at 8:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura :)! August 8, 2014 at 8:30am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: This pasta needs to get added to our menu asap! Love it! August 8, 2014 at 8:05am Reply

  • Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust}: YUMM! I love a one bowl dinner! I make something similar to this. Can’t wait to try your recipe! August 8, 2014 at 9:07am Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: That looks amazing Jaclyn! I think the whole family would enjoy this dish!
    Pinned. August 8, 2014 at 9:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Melanie! August 25, 2014 at 2:54pm Reply

  • Kelly: I MUST try this! Your pictures alone are enough motivation. Jar sauce? Why when you can make something that comes out like this? YES! August 8, 2014 at 11:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: My thoughts exactly! Thanks Kelly! August 25, 2014 at 2:54pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love that creamy sauce, pasta perfection! August 8, 2014 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Lori: I am planning to make this on the weekend, I don;t have too much luck with asparagus so I will substitute with peas. August 8, 2014 at 1:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think peas would be fine, I actually had the left overs tonight with a side of peas :). I hope you love it! August 8, 2014 at 8:49pm Reply

  • Julia @Vikalinka: My favourite kind of pasta, Jaclyn; throw a bunch of yummy things together, add cheese and stir! Thank you for sharing! August 9, 2014 at 3:45am Reply

  • Ambar: I love the ingredients in this recipe! I am so glad it does not have mayonnaise, random i know lol. August 9, 2014 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Adrija: My mom once tried to trick our family and made pasta with mayonnaise (because it looked like the right color) instead of alfredo sauce and tried to pass it off as alfredo! It did not taste right haha! January 25, 2016 at 11:49am Reply

  • Amanda: Oh my gosh this looks so good. Although I am not a big fan of asparagus I would love to make this.

    http://beginnerbites.blogspot.ca/ August 12, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

  • Raquel: I’m glad you decided to go ahead with this post. We just had it for dinner, and everyone loved it. Even my 3 and 4 year old boys who usually have opposite tastes in food. I forgot to save the pasta water (I always do that!) so I just left it thicker and creamier. But it worked! Thanks for a delicious recipe. August 13, 2014 at 5:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family loved it Raquel! Thanks for your comment! August 13, 2014 at 8:52pm Reply

  • Rachel: Can I use frozen asparagus and if so should I still steam them August 25, 2014 at 5:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would be fine, and you will probably just need to warm them up. September 15, 2014 at 10:16pm Reply

  • Ileana Keltz: This will be dinner tonight. My hubby will love it. Besides, I forgot to celebrate Bacon Day yesterday, so this will be my tribute. August 31, 2014 at 12:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Ileana! Happy to hear your husband loved it! September 22, 2014 at 9:29pm Reply

  • Sheryl: So good. The sauce was very good with out overpowering the dish. The combination of everything was fantastic. It made quite a bit and with a salad it easily feed 6-8. We loved it!! September 6, 2014 at 8:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Sheryl! Thanks so much for your review! September 6, 2014 at 11:11pm Reply

  • Lauren: You could just throw the asparagus into the pot with the pasta for the last two minutes of its cooking time. I do this with an asparagus and gorgonzola pasta dish I do, and it works really well! Saves a step, too. September 9, 2014 at 4:45pm Reply

  • Jodi: I made this tonight and it was to die for!! Even my fiancée loved it, and he is not much of a pasta person. Definitely splurge and throw in the bacon! Thanks for sharing this recipe! September 9, 2014 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Kim: Made this dish tonight. Everyone loved it! Cream was bad when I bought it so had to go without. Still turned out beautifully. Asparagus is now a keeper because of this recipe! Thank you. September 11, 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Kotana: Just made this and ate, I had to tell you that it was excellent. It’s a keeper! September 12, 2014 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Kotana! Glad you liked it! September 12, 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

  • Lauren: This looks delicious! I’ll be adding it to my list of dishes to make sometime soon! And, I think your pictures are great! September 15, 2014 at 12:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Lauren! September 15, 2014 at 10:01pm Reply

  • Liselle: I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! September 15, 2014 at 7:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it Liselle! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! September 15, 2014 at 9:58pm Reply

  • Michelle: This looks SO good. Can you put this in the crockpot? September 27, 2014 at 6:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend cooking this in a crockpot. September 27, 2014 at 9:33pm Reply

  • Heidi: made this for dinner tonight- my daughter has gluten intolerance so I substituted rice flour in the sauce base and used gluten free noodles and it came out awesome! All 4 kids devoured it! October 10, 2014 at 1:39pm Reply

  • Lillie: Absolutely the BEST Alfredo Sauce! My family and I have been avoiding alfredo sauce due to its high fat content. I decided to give this a try and I’m so glad I did!! The dish is amazing and the sauce is incredible! My tummy and thighs thank you! October 11, 2014 at 1:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I always feel the same way, I hardly ever used to make alfredo sauce then realized I could lighten it up now I make it all the time. I’m so glad you liked it Lillie! October 11, 2014 at 10:06pm Reply

  • Yolanda: I tried this recipe today and it was soooo good. Instead of the chicken, I did mushrooms since I’m not eating meat right now. I also took out the bacon. I’ve been trying to find a good Alfredo recipe and this one is on point. Thank you for recipe. It’s going in my main recipe book. Ha October 14, 2014 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Tanya: Just made this pasta and I think we may die. It is heavenly. October 20, 2014 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Tanya! Thanks for your review! October 20, 2014 at 8:58pm Reply

  • Courtney: I made this today and it was delicious! Such a simple but great recipe. I’ve been looking for easy college friendly recipes I could make for several days and this is great. Thanks for sharing! October 21, 2014 at 9:09pm Reply

  • victoria: Found this on Pinterest a few weeks ago, just made it tonight for dinner. I never post on blogs or things like that but this is soooo tasty. Thank you for the inspo!! Made the recipe as is! Wish I could take a picture for everyone, delightfully creamy. Thanks x1000000 October 27, 2014 at 9:44pm Reply

  • Cindy: Hi, I’m wondering if you have the nutritional facts for this? Thanks in advanced! November 8, 2014 at 12:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t but you can usually find it on sites like myfitnesspal.com or caloriecount.about.com. November 10, 2014 at 8:30pm Reply

  • Rita: Wow!! my family loved this, has to be one of the best I’ve tried from Pinterest – thank you, thank you, thank you -great recipe December 10, 2014 at 7:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed it Rita! Thanks for your feedback! December 11, 2014 at 10:34am Reply

  • Greg: Throw in some black olives and some onion….brings it to a new level. December 18, 2014 at 1:26pm Reply

  • Kim: This was sooo yummy! Even my picky eater loved it!! Thanks for a go-to recipe :) January 21, 2015 at 7:51pm Reply

  • Ti McKinney: Amazing dish! Thanks for sharing! We made it the original way for a large group of guests and it was a total hit. Then a few nights later I made just the cream base and added in some crab and it was incredible that way too! Definitely going to be made often in our house! February 24, 2015 at 10:01pm Reply

  • Barbara: Just made this and it is delicious. Asparagus not in season here so I used broccoli and it was awesome. This will be a family go to from now on…Thanks March 7, 2015 at 1:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you liked it Barbara! Thanks for leaving a comment! March 7, 2015 at 8:20pm Reply

  • Brianna Wilkinson: LOVED this! I substituted with gluten free pasta and gluten free backing flour and it turned out amazing! April 18, 2015 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Linda Jagiello: My family loved this. I steamed the asparagus in the pasta water also, and I added in broccoli. May 12, 2015 at 4:39pm Reply

  • Jennifer: This was very good! Made it last night. My only suggestion is twice as much bacon because I love bacon. lol May 28, 2015 at 9:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Can never have too much bacon :). Glad you liked it! May 28, 2015 at 11:50am Reply

  • Pam: OMG. We have had an abundance of asperagus this year and I found this recipe and was excited to try it. I must say. I wanted to eat it all. But the family wasn’t going to let me. Delicious. May 29, 2015 at 3:11pm Reply

  • Jacquline: Can you substitute the dried herbs with fresh? I grow my own and am trying to use them up. June 7, 2015 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Abby: Looking forward to making this. Can I used regular cream cheese and whipping cream, as that is what I have in my fridge? Thanks in advance! June 18, 2015 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that would be fine. You might just need a few more tbsp milk to thin since the regular cream cheese has a thicker consistency. I hope you love it! June 20, 2015 at 10:48pm Reply

  • Vicki: How much salt and pepper do you suggest? July 6, 2015 at 1:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I didn’t measure, I always just go by taste. Just add slowly because you can always add more but once added you can’t take it back. July 8, 2015 at 11:59pm Reply

  • Amy: My 16 year old daughter found your recipe and asked me to make it. The whole family loved it! I doubled everything but the pasta and it was delicious! Thank you! July 11, 2015 at 5:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family liked it Amy! Thanks for your review! July 11, 2015 at 11:25pm Reply

  • Alison: I was looking for something different but easy. It was a great recipe. My boyfriend and his grandparent’s both loved it and ate seconds. Thank so much for sharing. It was delicious. July 31, 2015 at 10:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it! July 31, 2015 at 10:42am Reply

  • Cathy Bair: This was delicious! I used light butter, reduced fat cream cheese, and fat free 1/2 & 1/2. I also used ready – cooked chicken smothered with the spices while warming. Yum! August 10, 2015 at 4:57pm Reply

  • Melissa: Does anyone know if this freezes well? I’m due in about a month and I’m planning out our meal plan and cooking up a storm to get ready for this baby! My family and I love this recipe but I just don’t know how well it will freeze and reheat…any ideas will be greatly appreciated! September 4, 2015 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Joanne McCraw: I finally got to make this today. Four out of five members of my family thought it was delicious, which in my family a good ratio! Thanks for something new on our table! September 13, 2015 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Nicole: I made this meal for my pastor and his wife last night and they LOVED IT! Both of them went back for seconds. I’m still new to cooking (just got married- still fairly new to making dinner for the husband every evening), so next time I will be premeasuring the ingredients so I’m not asking my husband to do it for me while I’m stirring the sauce! Overall, easy and delicious. Thank you so much for giving me another recipe to add to my rotation :) March 3, 2016 at 10:18am Reply

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