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Quick and Light Chicken + Mushroom Fettuccini

Quick and Light Creamy Chicken + Mushroom Fettuccini

Andrew and Chad take mixed martial arts classes together 2-3 nights a week. It’s pretty cute when I think about it, though I’m sure they’d be really annoyed with me for calling that cute.

So on the nights that they have class I sort of feel like dinner has to be in a rush. They can’t go beat each other up on empty stomachs, but also they can’t be doing an hour and a half of pretty intensive cardio after eating a giant bowl of macaroni and cheese.

Right next to the studio space where they train there’s this “Italian” restaurant. But actually I ate there once and I learned that “Italian Restaurant” actually means lots of not-so-Italian food accompanied by heavily buttered white bread with some garlic powder on it.

Quick and Light Creamy Chicken + Mushroom Fettuccini

Never again.

But whenever we go past there I still crave pasta and salad and warm dense earthy bread dipped in olive oil and herbs.

So I guess the lesson here is that if you want it done right you actually DO have to do it yourself, huh?

The first thing you’re gonna need to do to make this pasta dish is wander over to Pinch of Yum and make this Creamy Cauliflower Sauce.  I’ve made it 3 times and she only posted it like 3 weeks ago. IT IS SO GOOD. This sauce is everything you want for a creamy pasta (also it makes an awesome white pizza), but without all the cream. I used low-fat milk without a hitch and besides having a head of cauliflower on hand, you really only need simple stuff like water, salt, and pepper. Also it’s quick

And because the “cream sauce” is actually just another serving of vegetables, this meal that would usually feel heavy is filling in a nourishing way instead of the I-Need-A-Nap way.

When I pulled up to pick Andrew up from his class this evening he was all locked up in some kinda crazy move with a kid that has at least 30 pounds and several inches on him. He came out on top but I won’t lie. It makes me cringe. A couple years back Chad was the training partner for a guy that is now part of the pro UFC circuit and there was talk of starting him on the amateur level. I’m secretly (not so secretly now, huh?) glad that got swept under the rug because I know I definitely could not handle the urge X 1,000 to cover my eyes and wring my hands like I did at the middle school wrestling matches. Also there are very fit and toned bikini girls at those things and I really don’t want to stand next to them.

But I can feed my guys good food.

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Quick and Light Chicken + Mushroom Fettuccini
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Serves: 4-6
  • ½ recipe Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
  • 1 (13.25 ounce) box whole grain fettuccini or linguini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh or dried parsley to garnish
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, just until it's fragrant. Remove the mushrooms and garlic to a bowl and return the skillet to the heat.
  4. Add the chicken pieces to the hot skillet and brown completely. If it starts to stick toss in a little splash or two of water. Sprinkle with the salt and crushed red pepper flakes and continue cooking until the pieces are cooked through.
  5. To serve toss the pasta with the creamy cauliflower sauce. Top with chicken, mushrooms, and parsley. Add a little more sauce if desired.

Quick and Light Creamy Chicken + Mushroom Pasta

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Thursday 20th of June 2013

[...] cream, butter and cheese, it is definitely not health food. So I was thrilled and surprised to see THIS post on cauliflower Alfredo sauce from Heather at Sugar Dish Me. Could it be [...]


Tuesday 16th of April 2013

Bookmarking this!! That cauliflower sauces is brilliant...especially for summer when you don't want all the cream from an alfredo sauce


Tuesday 16th of April 2013

So much lighter than a cream sauce. But still creamy. Try it!


Sunday 14th of April 2013

That's so cute that they do that together!! What a great way to bond!! Chad is so good with your boys!!! Also I haven't had fettuccini in forever, this looks amazing!


Sunday 14th of April 2013

I agree. I love that they take that class together. You can eat this pasta!! It's all delicious veggies!


Friday 12th of April 2013

Mmmm - chicken, mushrooms and pasta - all you need to have me drooling!


Monday 15th of April 2013

This is on the list of things you have to cook! Stovetop and everything!

Bam's Kitchen

Friday 12th of April 2013

A great simple weeknight meal. So what kinds of mixed martial arts is it? For a while I took Kung Fu, careful now everyone I am a yellow belt... LOL but that faded off as my son advanced and is a brown belt and very scary indeed. I don't like to even practice with him anymore as it is just painful. I guess his objective has been met, he can protect himself and he has learned patience, respect and endurance. I will stick to cooking...


Friday 12th of April 2013

They take Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga. I will DEFINITELY stick to cooking!!