Simply perfect chicken pasta

This isn't the most masculine meal I've ever made, but my man loves it, and he's anything but dainty. My other obstacle is that he's definitely not one to request a dish with spinach. But this meal is creamy, filling, and has so many different flavors all packed into one dish. And he absolutely loved it.

  • 1 box of your favorite pasta
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbs. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can drained chick peas (optional)
  • Cook pasta in a large pot according to directions on the box
    • Drain when finished and return to pot
  • Pour olive oil into large pan over medium heat
  • Add minced garlic and stir continually for 1-2 minutes
  • Place chicken breasts into pan and cook over medium high heat until thoroughly cooked
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, use 2 forks and tear the chicken apart 
  • Keep chicken over low heat while we work on the sauce
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat
  • Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Turn the heat to low.
  • Add the garlic salt and stir continually for 4-5 minutes. Letting it cook that long helps eliminate the flour taste.
  • Slowly add the milk while continuing to stir
  • Continue to stir until smooth and thick
  • Add the chicken and sauce to the pot of cooked noodles
  • Microwave the spinach for about 2 minutes, or until completely thawed and hot. 
    • It's important to drain the spinach. My mom always taught me to do so by placing thawed spinach into a clean dish rag and squeezing over the sink. If you use a paper towel, it will break, and you'll burn your hands.
  • Once the spinach is thawed, chop it up and add to the chicken/sauce/pasta mixture.
  • Turn the stove heat on low and stir until well-combined.
  • Serve with french bread and soup.
Maybe I just go into way too much detail, but don't be intimidated by the length of this post; this pasta dish took less than 20 minutes to make, start to finish. It's one of my "go-to" recipes when I'm in a rush.

Love and convincing-your-husband-to-eat-spinach,
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