Recently, I posted a recipe for my Homemade Spinach Fettuccine and everyone went wild for it! I got a lot of requests for the recipe for the sauce I featured in the post. A few days later, I made my Homemade Alfredo recipe on my Instagram stories, but in case you missed it, the recipe is coming now! Just like you have been requesting to see that Alfredo again, so have the kids! It’s been quite popular in our house lately. I used the Homemade Alfredo sauce recipe and decided to show you another way to use it with this Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo.
I get the question a lot, “How do you get homemade dinners done during the week so effortlessly?” Let me assure you, things are not always as they seem. There are plenty of nights when everyone is having a meltdown and we are only home for 10 minutes between practices and play dates. Sometimes, I have had plenty of time to get things done and I straight up just don’t feel like it. What I try and do to make my life easier is to prep as much as I can in advance. During Max’s morning nap, after Ethan is off to school, I try to take some time to prep. Back when I was working full time, I would typically do this the night before. More often than not, I don’t have a lot of time (or energy!) in the evenings, so this helps dinner time seem less daunting.
I’m also a fan of easy and delicious kitchen shortcuts. I love to make things homemade and from scratch, but sometimes time just doesn’t allow. One of my favorite dinner time shortcuts are those rotisserie chickens from the grocery store deli. When they go on sale I’ll buy a couple and break them down to store in the freezer.
This recipe is nice because you can use both of the above mentioned ideas to help get dinner on the table quick! Use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, chop & steam the broccoli ahead of time and even make the Alfredo sauce ahead of time as well! Then when dinner time rolls around just boil and drain the pasta and add to the baking dish. Stir in the chicken, broccoli, and sauce, then top with the cheese. Just pop it in the oven to bake and dinner will be on the table in no time flat.
The Homemade Alfredo sauce is warm and creamy, it coats all the pasta, chicken, and broccoli perfectly. This is definitely a comfort meal and perfect for a crisp fall night. I usually serve this with a big green salad and some garlic bread. If you aren’t a fan of broccoli, feel free to substitute it for another vegetable. Chopped asparagus or green beans would be good, but my kids love the broccoli!
What’s your favorite dinner time shortcut?
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Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
- 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 1 lb medium pasta shells
- 1 batch Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- 4 cups roasted shredded chicken
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 casserole or baking dish and set aside.
- Heat a medium sauce pan with 1" of water over medium high heat. You can use a steamer basket or add chopped broccoli directly to the water. Cover and steam broccoli for 5-10 minutes or until broccoli is just fork tender.
- While broccoli is steaming, cook pasta shells according to package instructions, making sure to reserve the water from the cooked pasta for use in the alfredo sauce.
- Once broccoli and pasta are both completed, make the alfredo sauce following the recipe below.
- Add pasta, chicken and broccoli to your prepared casserole dish and stir to combine. Pour alfredo sauce over the top of the pasta and mix well.
- Top pasta with shredded cheeses and cook in the oven for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- ½ stick unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 pint half and half
- ½ cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1-2 cups pasta cooking water or milk
- In a large saute, melt butter over medium high heat until it stops foaming. Stir in chopped garlic, allowing to cook for about 30-60 seconds, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine. Allow the mixture to cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn.
- Pour in half and half and whisk to combine. Lower heat to medium and cook while whisking until sauce thickens.
- Remove pan from the heat and whisk in parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- If serving this with pasta, reserve 1-2 cups of the pasta cooking water to whisk into the sauce at the end to achieve the desired consistency. Milk can also be used as a substitute for this step.