texas tuscan mac & cheese

Time for another recipe! This is the Texas Tuscan Mac & Cheese that we made and posted last week on Instagram Stories and I KNEW y’all were going to ask for the recipe so I made sure to take a couple of shots of the food before eating! Check out the deets down below and let me know if you try it!!

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 lb of boneless chicken breasts
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 1 tablespoon of butter
• 1/2 yellow onion diced
• 4 minced cloves of garlic
• 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth
• 3 cups of milk
• 2 cups of diced spinach leaves
• 3 tablespoons of flour
• 9 oz jar of sun dried tomatoes!
• 3 cups of macaroni (any kind will do!)
• 1 teaspoon of parsley
• 1 teaspoon of red pepper
• 1 jalapeño
• 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
• 3 teaspoons of dried Italian herbs
• 1 cup of parmesan cheese
• salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, parsley and 2 teaspoons of the oil. Heat up the remainder of the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and sear it on both sides until it’s golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate, cover it with foil, and set it aside.
  2. Using the same pan, cook the butter along with the onions, jalapeño slices, and garlic until the onions become transparent. Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the sun dried tomatoes along with 2 tablespoons of the sun dried tomato oil from the jar and cook for 1-2 minutes to release as much flavor as possible.
  4. Stir the flour into the pot and allow to cook for another minute. Then add the rest of the broth, all 3 cups of milk, herbs, salt & pepper, and bring to a low simmer.
  5. Add in the macaroni and stir occasionally as it comes to a simmer. Cook for 9-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens and the macaroni is cooked al dente. Add the spinach and stir until it is wilted.
  6. Take the pot off the stove and stir in all of the cheese quickly. Keep in mind the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  7. Slice the chicken into strips or bite size pieces and stir through the pasta. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately!

I hope you all try this recipe, it’s definitely not the healthiest but it’s so so good!! Chat soon, loves!

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