Fettuccine and Chicken with Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

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I received the fresh pasta as part of the Wildgrain box I was sent at no charge. I used it to make a fettuccine and chicken dinner

Last week I showcased the deliciousness that was the Wildgrain box. To remind you – Wildgrain is a subscription box where you receive ready to bake artisan breads, pastries and pastas. As any of you that read this blog on the regular know I love to bake and in all of my baking you will often find different types of bread. My favorites are Challah and bagels. In fact, I made bagels day before yesterday!

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The Wildgrain box is full of sourdough offerings which is not something I tend to bake so that was a lovely change. It also came with some fresh pasta. While I love to make pasta, I will never say no to packaged fresh and I took full advantage of the non-gmo, no artificial ingredient fettuccine included to made a simple, yet delicious meal using some leftover chicken breast.

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Fettuccine with Chicken and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

Serves 2

  • 1 package (12 oz) fresh fettuccine
  • small head of fresh broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, preferably dark meat
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup white wine, optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper
cut broccoli
  • Cut the broccoli into small pieces, stem included. Set aside
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • When the water reaches a rolling boil add the fresh pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Reserve about a cup of the pasta water for possible later use in the sauce.
  • For the last minute of cooking add the broccoli.
  • Drain the pasta and broccoli and set aside. Return the pot to the heat.
add cheese
  • Melt the butter and add the flour. Stir to make a paste. Slowly stir in the milk using a whisk to keep things smooth.eep stirring as the sauce starts to thicken and come to a boil. Lower the heat and stir in the cheese.
  • If the sauce seems to getting too thick, stir in a little of the reserved pasta water.
add chicken
  • Add the chicken to the sauce
add pasta and broccoli
  • Then add the pasta and broccoli. 
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

How Was the Pasta and Chicken Dinner?

It was, somehow just what I needed. Truly delicious fresh pasta, a wonderfully cheddary cheesy sauce and the still crisp broccoli with the bits of chicken here and there. It made the sad looking leftover chicken into something brand new and tasty.

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I love when leftovers look like the meal was not an afterthought, don’t you? And this meal was helped along thanks to a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift idea like an artisan bread delivery. Mmmmm, bread.

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