Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Florentine Pasta: this stuff is OMG good.
Today’s post is sponsored by DeLallo! They make the most delicious sun dried tomatoes which you’ll see pictured here swimming in a luscious cream sauce. Don’t mind if they do.
GAH! Lover. This stuff is yummy.
I have some truths to tell you today. The first truth is that this pasta rocked our world. Like, five times last week. Okay FINE 700 times or something but I wasn’t even counting and neither should you, so just … yeah.
The second truth is that sometimes, when you’re a food blogger and food lover, you want to be creative and fitspo and so you make things like sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce (for the record, also delicious). But then sometimes you still need to make Pasta with a capital P, because under all those fitspo vibes, you’re still mostly a real person who knows in her heart of foodie hearts that real pasta is lyfe.
Like this Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta with Spinach.
Am I being basic here? Maybe. And maybe I like everything about this kind of basic deliciousness.
This pasta = the moment when everyone in your family falls in love with you for cooking something seemingly-fancy and reminds you of how good a nice big pot-o-comfort-food pasta really is. No unnecessary ingredients. No excessive toppings – HOLD ME BACK. No veggies masquerading as noodles (of which I am a fan, but STILL just give it a rest already).
Just simple, comforting, creamy pasta with sun dried tomato cream sauce that helps people like me win at life.
HOW TO MAKE OUR FLORENTINE PASTA (50 SEC):
As long as we’re on a roll with the truth telling, the third truth of this post is that one little detail about how I might have picked out the bites of chicken in my bowl of pasta. WHAT IS MY DEAL.
I can’t even handle chicken sometimes. I kept the chicken in the written recipe, because a) my family wanted the chicken and your family might, too, and b) the chicken is actually decently good, for chicken, because it gets a little kick of spice from the cayenne, and c) it doesn’t even matter if you make this with chicken or not, because the star of this recipe is so obviously the combo of buttery garlic and spinach and sun dried tomatoes cream sauce on pasta.
And when it comes to such luscious, sun-dried-tomato-y things, I be like .
A few things you should know about finding the right sun dried tomatoes for this recipe. Not all sun dried tomatoes are created equally! Don’t buy the sad, dry ones that come in a package – I mean, you can, I’ll still be friends with you, but I’m just telling you – they taste a lot better when packed in high quality olive oil and herbs and spices like the DeLallo tomatoes I’m using in this recipe. If you’re worried about the oil being too oily, no need to fear. We’re draining almost all of it off for this recipe. You just get the little bit of oil that’s clinging to the tomatoes, and instead of dry little shrivels, you get flavorful tomatoes that are moist and chewy and colorful.
Oh hey PS. All of DeLallo’s sun dried tomatoes are sulfite-free. Because they rock. Winning.
This recipe is going to make you really popular with your people. Are you even ready for that kind of love? Three, two, one…
Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Florentine Pasta – a 30 minute recipe with a sun dried tomato cream sauce, chicken, ziti, and Mozzarella cheese.
8 ounces ziti or other pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 lb. chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon all purpose seasoning mix for the chicken
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 7-ounce jar DeLallo sun dried tomatoes, drained
3 cloves garlic
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup chicken broth
Salt to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Heat the butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and sprinkle with the seasoning and the cayenne. Sauté until the chicken is cooked through.
Drain the oil from the sun dried tomatoes. Chop into smaller pieces if you want. Add them to the pan with the garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until fragrant. You will probably still get some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes – that’s okay.
Stir in the heavy cream and let the mixture come to a slow simmer. Add the mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and incorporated.
Stir in the cooked pasta and spinach – the spinach will start to cook down almost immediately. If needed, add in the chicken broth, a little at a time, to thin out the sauce. Season with salt to taste.
Recipe Update: This recipe was updated in June 2020 to make it even better. The previous version used 1/2 cup of half and half and 1 1/2 cups whole milk in place of the heavy cream, as well as 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella instead of the new amounts listed for mozzarella and Parmesan.
I’ve also used DeLallo’s sun dried tomato bruschetta in this recipe as well as DeLallo’s jarred cherry tomatoes (similar to the sun dried tomatoes but a little more plump and round).
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Keywords: sun dried tomato pasta, chicken florentine pasta, chicken pasta
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