There are few thing I love more than cheese and Mexican food. Mixing those two together in a pasta made for a glorious dinner. I know with the new year a lot of people, myself included, are trying to get back on track with healthy eating so I will be upfront and suggest that you make this meal on a cheat night. I saw this recipe on one of those Tasty videos from Buzzfeed on my Facebook. I believe one of my friends shared it. Sending the sincerest thank you to whoever that kind soul was.
As I mentioned before in other recipes, I rarely follow the specific measurements when it comes to cooking. However, with this one, I tried to. However, I found at the end of cooking, it was just not flavorful enough and I threw in a little extra. My suggestion would be to follow the recipe and add according to your own taste preference at the end.
What you need:
- 3 chicken breasts
- 3 peppers (one green, one red and another either orange or yellow)
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. cumin
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 5 cups milk
- 4 cups penne pasta
- 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
- Slice up the chicken breasts, peppers and onion
- Mix together dry seasonings in a small bowl
- Shred the cheese
Let’s get to cookin’:
- In a large pot heat up some oil and add the chicken, cooking until it is no longer pink. I am a freak when it comes to chicken so I tend to over cook it till its golden brown on the outside.
- Remove chicken an set aside for time being
- Add a little more oil to the pot and throw in your veggies, cooking until they’re on the softer side
- Add the chicken back in and add the seasoning, tossing to coat everything evenly
- Add the milk and penne, stirring frequently to avoid the pasta from sticking
- Once pasta is fully cooked and the milk has created a thick sauce, add and mix cheese.
Notes: Overall I loved this but as I stated before, it is definitely something to eat as cheat night considering all the cheese. When adding the cheese, I didn’t actually measure mine out, I just shredded and entire brick of the cheese and added it to the pot. Did I mention I like cheese? It heated up pretty well for the next couple of days, which was also a plus since the entire pot was too much for two in one sitting. Hope you enjoy!