Who’s feeling the pressure of the fact that there is only one week until Christmas! How did that happen? Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? I’ve been out trying to get all my shopping done this week so I can relax next week and enjoy all things Christmas. Being out running errands and picking up last minute gifts leaves me short on time and energy for making dinner. Luckily I have a delicious and easy to make recipe for Chicken Pot Pie Pasta to share with you today!
Chicken Pot Pie is hands down one of my favorite comfort foods. Earlier this week I decided to mix things up and take my favorite chicken pot pie recipe and turn it into a baked pasta dish. I mean seriously who’s going to argue about having two comfort foods combined into one, umm not me!
When I make comfort food I like to find ways to lighten it up. I think we can all agree that with the amount of cookies and candies floating around this month the last thing we need is a heavy fat filled dinner on top of all that. So while this Chicken Pot Pie Pasta may sound decadent and not so healthy, it’s actually the opposite. I promise you though that what it lacks in fat it doesn’t lack in flavor!
To lighten up this pasta dish I did several things. First thing was to use a whole grain pasta. Not only do I like the flavor, but it also fills me up much faster so I don’t need so much of it. The second thing I did to slim it down was to cut out half the amount of butter that the original recipe called for. While cutting back on the butter meant I would be left with a little bit less sauce, I remembered that the recipe actually made quite a bit of sauce. The final step to keeping the sauce light was to use mostly low sodium chicken broth and a little skim milk for creaminess. All of these substitutions that I made to lighten up the Chicken Pot Pie Pasta are of course optional and if you would prefer to use items with a higher fat content then feel free too, I’m sure they will only enhance the already amazing flavor!
As we face the final week before Christmas, don’t forget to keep your energy up and your eating in check! Instead of stopping through the drive thru on your way home from a day of shopping, make yourself this easy, lighter, and oh so tasty Chicken Pot Pie Pasta!