This rich and creamy pasta dish is the epitome of satisfying Italian comfort food. Since it's a quick 35 minutes to make, why not make it for dinner tonight?

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until it releases its juices and is almost cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a rapid simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and add to sauce, tossing to combine and adding enough pasta water to create a creamy sauce that coats pasta. Serve immediately.

Variations

Instead of pappardelle, try the recipe with tagliatelle or fettuccine.

Reviews (11)

87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
11/21/2017
Made this for dinner last night following the recipe as written. You must make sure to well-season the chicken with the salt and pepper, otherwise it will be bland. Overall I was satisfied with it, but there are some things I would change the next time I make this. I would sauté the onions and garlic before adding the chicken to develop those flavors more. I would also add fresh herbs like rosemary or sage to add some dimension to the dish. I might also substitute chicken broth for some of the heavy cream to lighten it up a bit.
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2016
The second time I made this I added a heaping tablespoon of fresh garlic and it was so yum. The meal was very warming and filling. Try half and half instead of cream. Just as great but not as heavy. Add spices as well- oregano, thyme, basil and some fresh oregano. Perfect dish for cold weather.
Rating: Unrated
07/30/2015
What is "Heavy Cream"???
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Rating: Unrated
12/27/2014
Made this tonight adding parsley, basil, thyme, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, shrooms, shredded brussel sprouts and shredded Romano cheese to the chicken. This was delicious served over hot pappardelle pasta & shredded Romano cheese on top. My husband even liked it and he's not a saucy kind of guy. Will cook again.
Rating: Unrated
11/04/2011
I LOVE MS recipes and have never had a complaint before, but I made this recipe last night (exactly according to directions) and it turned out so bland the whole family hated it. It was so bland that the one year old (who will eat paper, dirt, etc.) spit it out and my husband poured soy sauce over his just to give it some flavor. The consistency was fine, it just completely lacked flavor.
Rating: Unrated
09/06/2011
just had to make a comment to pinkflamingo..... 2 cups heavy cream.....if you churn it and churn it, it turns into....... BUTTER!
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Rating: Unrated
08/10/2011
Made this last night as shown with pappardelle, but added mushrooms. Very easy dish, and very good comfort food. I'm surprised how creamy and flavorful it is, and no butter involved! Will definitely make again, maybe adding a little red pepper flakes play with the flavor.
Rating: Unrated
07/01/2011
I made this last night, but used Campanelle pasta, and added some red chili flakes to the sauce, and some chopped fresh Italian parsley. I think it added a little more to the recipe. It was good, and would make a great winiter comfort dinner.
Rating: Unrated
06/06/2011
This recipe is tasteless and ick. I used turkey breast pieces instead of chicken thighs, so that may have had something to do with it, but even if I had used the chicken I don't think it would have improved much. Pass on this one.
Rating: Unrated
04/09/2011
I made this recipe last night with al dente pasta company garlic herb pappardelle and it was so good I ate the leftovers for breakfast.
Rating: Unrated
04/06/2011
I tried this recipe and my family loved it! I did add Pecorino Romano...made it taste even better. Next time I think I'll mushrooms and maybe try it with shrimp.