Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I Love Using Just One Pot!


I love pasta. It's quick and easy. However, it usually takes a lot of pots and pans. I mean, you have the pot to cook the pasta in, the pot or pan to make the sauce in, the strainer, any pots or pans used for side dishes, etc. That's a lot of dishes to do at the end of the night. However, with one-pot meals, you literally only have one pot! Yay for fewer dishes!

One-Pot Parmesan Chicken Ziti with Artichokes and Spinach


4 cups water
2 cans (12 oz each) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garliv, finely chopped
1 lb. uncooked ziti pasta (I used mostaccioli)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped
6 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
Juice of 2 medium lemons (about 2/3 cups)
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups baby spinach (5-oz package)
1/2 teaspoon pepper, if desired


In Dutch oven, heat water, 1 can of the evaporated milk, the salt, garlic, and pasta to simmering over medium heat. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender.

In medium bowl, beat remaining can of evaporated milk and the cornstarch; stir in chicken and artichoke hearts. Add to mixture in Dutch oven; return to simmering, and continue to simmer 1 to 3 minutes, or until thickened and mixture coats back of spoon.

Remove from heat; stir in half of the cheese and the lemon juice. Stir until cheese melts, then add remaining cheese (rewerving 1/4 cup for serving, if desired) and butter; stir again.

Add spinach, and stir until wilted. Serve with reserved cheese and pepper.

Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Source: Betty Crocker. You can find it here.

Notes: Watch this carefully because it boils over easily and quickly!

This was a delicious dinner that hit the spot. It was also really quick to throw together.

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