Homemade Penne Pasta Alfredo Sauce tossed with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes.
I adore pasta! Especially sauces made with alfredo sauce. I seriously miss eating at restaurants like Carrabba’s and Macaroni Grill. I had some leftover heavy whipping cream from making my gluten-free coconut cream pie this past weekend, so I decided to put it to good use and make this Tuscan inspired gluten-free penne pasta alfredo.
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Homemade alfredo sauce is SO good and really easy to make. Trust me, after you make your own, you will never buy a jar of alfredo sauce again. Sauteed chicken, mushrooms, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes bring so much flavor and depth to the alfredo sauce.
If you are not a big fan of the veggies, just leave them out and you will still have an amazing chicken alfredo. This sauce is outstanding and you could just serve it over any gluten-free pasta.
Gluten-free pasta can be tricky. I have tried a lot of different brands of gluten-free pasta and based on flavor and texture my favorite brand of gluten-free pasta is Barilla.
I always salt my water, at least a tablespoon for 1 pound of pasta in 4 quarts (16 cups) water. Also, adding a teaspoon of olive oil to the water to help the pasta not stick together. Make sure to add the salt, olive oil and pasta to the water once it has come to a rolling boil. It is very important that you cook the pasta al dente to the box’s directions. I also always rinse my pasta with cold water after draining it to keep it from cooking longer and getting mushy.
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Gluten-Free Penne Pasta Alfredo with Chicken, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Mushrooms
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup butter ½ stick of butter
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- salt to taste chicken
- 1 large skinless and boneless chicken breast cut into small pieces
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes
- ½ cup portabella mushrooms
- ½ chopped baby spinach
- 1 12 oz box of gluten-free penne pasta My favorite brand is Barilla
- Boil water and cook penne pasta according to the box directions. You will want al dente, not mushy. Salt the water.
- Dice the chicken into small bite sized pieces.
- Add olive oil and chicken to a large pan, salt chicken to taste.
- Lightly saute the chicken over a medium to high heat.
- Add mushrooms, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes to the pan and continue to sautee.
- Add butter to the pan. Stir as it melts.
- Add heavy cream and stir.
- Add seasonings.
- Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
- Add drained pasta to the pan with the sauce mixture.
- Stir gently to coat pasta with sauce.
- Serve immediately.