Chicken & Mushroom Pasta with Capers & Parmesan Cheese

Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

with Capers & Parmesan Cheese

30 MIN
2 Servings
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In this dish, Italian-seasoned chicken, pasta, and earthy mushrooms are tossed with a vibrant, aromatic tomato sauce, which highlights garlic, capers, and a bit of smooth mascarpone. A sprinkle of parmesan cheese just before serving provides the perfect finishing touch.
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Chicken & Mushroom Pasta with Capers & Parmesan Cheese
Title
  • 10 oz Boneless Chicken Breast Pieces
  • 6 oz Orecchiette Pasta
  • 1 8-Oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 4 oz Mushrooms
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Scallions
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops.

Cook the pasta
2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, 9 to 11 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Cook the chicken
3 Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Stir to coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Cook the mushrooms
4 Cook the mushrooms

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the mushroom pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the capers, chopped garlic, and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened.

Make the sauce
5 Make the sauce

To the pan, add the tomato sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined. Turn off the heat.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked mushrooms and sauce, add the cooked chicken, cooked pasta, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the parmesan and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops.

2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, 9 to 11 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Cook the pasta
Cook the chicken
3 Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Stir to coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

4 Cook the mushrooms

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the mushroom pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the capers, chopped garlic, and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened.

Cook the mushrooms
Make the sauce
5 Make the sauce

To the pan, add the tomato sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined. Turn off the heat.

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked mushrooms and sauce, add the cooked chicken, cooked pasta, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the parmesan and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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