This is a cheesy chicken and broccoli pasta recipe .... chicken tagliatelle. Tender seasoned chicken, a homemade cheesy sauce, and pasta cooked all in the same pot. This creamy Italian broccoli and chicken recipe is easy to make and a one-pot meal!
Table of contents
- How to Make Cheese Sauce for Pasta con Broccoli Recipe
- How to Make Alfredo Sauce Thicker for Cheesy Chicken Pasta
- Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce and Other Cheese Sauces?
- Fettuccine vs Tagliatelle Pasta
- How to Cook Broccoli for Pasta
- How to Thin Cheese Sauce
- Why Is My Cheese Sauce Gritty
- How Much Does It Cost to Make Chicken Alfredo?
- Variations To Cheesy Chicken Pasta
- Can You Meal Prep This Chicken Pasta
- Supplies Used for Cheesy Chicken Pasta
- Cheesy Chicken Pasta Recipe
How to Make Cheese Sauce for Pasta con Broccoli Recipe
This isn't a Romano cream sauce, but you could easily substitute Romano cheese for the Parmesan cheese if that is what you have on hand. In fact, if you wanted to make an alfredo sauce with no Parmesan cheese, that is the substitution I'd recommend you make for this cheesy chicken pasta recipe.
Making the mozzarella cream sauce is very easy. Add your butter to the skillet along with garlic and cook for a few minutes. Then add in the heavy cream, and other ingredients to make your sauce.
Toss in your pasta and let it cook, and as you do, it will thicken. Toss in and melt mozzarella cheese into the sauce for added creaminess!
You could also use this recipe for a mozzarella dipping sauce if you made it without the chicken and pasta.
If you want to skip making cheese sauce from scratch, are short on ingredients or want a more frugal option, you can buy a jar of cheese sauce.
How to Make Alfredo Sauce Thicker for Cheesy Chicken Pasta
This is a creamy garlic pasta sauce, but it is not a traditional alfredo sauce recipe. Historically, real alfredo sauce is made with just three ingredients, plus some salt and pepper. Butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese.
The Parmesan cheese sauce in this recipe has a reduced amount of Parmesan cheese and uses half and half instead of heavy cream.
This is how to thicken alfredo sauce with thickening agents:
- add in some heavy cream and heat to thicken it
- mix a slurry of cornstarch and water or chicken broth to add to the sauce
Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce and Other Cheese Sauces?
You can freeze cheese sauce with a high-fat content for up to 4-6 months. It might separate when it thaws, but you should be able to mix it back up as you reheat it to get it close to the same consistency it was originally at.
We've found this cheesy chicken pasta freezes nicely.
Fettuccine vs Tagliatelle Pasta
So, what is tagliatelle pasta? Tagliatella noodles are flat-rolled pasta. Then it is rolled into an egg-ness style shape and dried.
It is very similar to a fettuccine pasta but it tends to have a bit different flavor. Plus the look of the noodle nests is so pretty for serving up your family. You can also make fresh noodles in this style.
How to Cook Broccoli for Pasta
Not sure how to cook this chicken broccoli cheese pasta? The key to cooking broccoli is all about your desired texture. If you like your broccoli a bit more firm, you will toss the florets to the cooked pasta close to when the dish is done.
Otherwise if you want a more tender broccoli, add it in sooner so it has time to soften.
How to Thin Cheese Sauce
If you want to thin out the sauce in this one-pot broccoli pasta, you can simply add more milk or cream to the sauce. It will help to thin the sauce out a bit.
If you find it is too thick, simply allow it to cook down more for a thicker sauce as well.
Why Is My Cheese Sauce Gritty
You can run into where your cheese sauce can become gritty. This creamy mozzarella sauce is so delicious. The biggest recommendation is the quality of cheese you use.
Shredding your own cheese will give you the best texture. If you use pre-shredded cheese you will find that it has excess starches, which can give you a gritty texture when you go to eat it.
How Much Does It Cost to Make Chicken Alfredo?
Depending on the price of the ingredients you have to buy, you will find chicken alfredo at home cost around $10-$15 to serve 2-4 people.
If you think about it, you have a lot more food for a similar price to ordering at your favorite restaurant.
You can also cut corners on the price and buy cheaper packages of chicken, use fettuccine noodles, reach for frozen broccoli instead of fresh, etc.
Variations To Cheesy Chicken Pasta
- Reach for a different type of pasta. Chicken Alfredo penne is a great option. The biggest thing is making sure you get your pasta fully cooked in the cream sauce.
- You could even dice up some turkey breast and use that to replace the chicken.
- If you are not big into broccoli, leave it out. You could swap with over veggies like asparagus, peas, or any you like.
- Suppose you don't love making homemade sauce go ahead and reach for a jarred sauce. It will not be as homemade tasting but will still be great.
- Pair with some garlic bread or breadsticks for soaking up the sauce.
Can You Meal Prep This Chicken Pasta
If you have some leftover chicken broccoli pasta, go right ahead and save it back. Place in single serve containers and then store in the fridge for up to three days.
Then use it for packing a quick lunch or a fast dinner through the week.
Sometimes the noodles soak up a lot of the sauce. If you run into that just add a splash of milk and stir and it will help make it a thinner sauce all over again.