Like most families, mealtimes can be a battle in our Home. My older girls are slightly fussy, but can eat for England! My youngest, Miss L-R, well fussy is probably not the right word. Stubborn, strong willed...these are more fitting. She's not a big eater, she'd quite happily graze all day long if I let her, esp if theres biscuits or chocolate involved. Yoghurts, toast & jam, strawberries, ham sandwiches, tomato soup, sausages, chicken & pasta are pretty much all she eats. I try really hard not to cook different meals for everyone, but sometimes I do give in just to make sure she has eaten. This recipe came about one evening when chaos was occuring, during the Witching Hour (why is the hours of 3:30-7pm so blooming hard!?!) everyone was hungry & whiny, & I didnt have a clue what to cook. Then it hit me, my older girls & myself are big fans of spaghetti carbonara, so why not try to recreate it? Although I had no clue how to make it & no time to research it, so it was a case of making it up as I went along. Normally this would be a recipe for disaster, but it was a complete success, with empty plates all around :-) I cant think of a better name for it though?
Cheesy Chicken Bacon Mushroom Pasta
4 Chicken Breasts
1 Pack of Bacon
1 Pack of Mushrooms
1 Pack of Fresh Egg Spaghetti (You could use dry pasta instead, we use fresh eg pasta due to Miss K having an intolorence to dried )
50g Plain Flour
1 Pint of Milk
Large amount of grated Cheese
Garlic (Powder or Fresh)
1) Chop the chicken, bacon & mushrooms. Heat some oil in a large saucepan, add the chicken & cook through. Then add the bacon & mushrooms, & a pinch of garlic powder (depending on how much garlic you like), continue to cook.
2) In a seperate pan, melt the butter, then add the flour to make a Roux (Oooh check me out, using fancy terms, lol!), keep stirring the mixture till its smooth. Then slowly add the milk, mixing frequently to get rid of lumps. It usually only takes about 3/4's of a pint of milk to make a decent amount of sauce. Once you have a nice consistency, add a handful of cheese, season well, & keep stirring for a few minutes. Then add the sauce to the pan with the chicken, bacon & mushrooms, stir well & simmer. (If the sauce starts to thicken too much & disapear, add more milk).
3) Whilst the chicken, bacon & mushroom goodness is simmering away, cook the pasta as directed. Once the pasta is cooked, drain then add to the sauce mixture & stir well.
4) Serve with a liberal sprinkling of grated cheese if desired. Garlic bread is also very yummy with this!
**Please note, I am not a professional chef (LOL!), nor a recipe writer. This may not be the healthiest of recipes, although Im sure it could be made into a healthier version. I am just a Mum, who had a small triumph over a fussy eater, & thought she would share this triumph! If I have missed something, or you do make this, please let me know!!**
Thanks for reading.