What’s For Dinner?

If you are the primary “chef” in your household, you’ve probably heard that question a million times!

Each day, the daunting task of creating a budget friendly, nutritious meal can be overwhelming.

It’s surprising what you can make with items you likely have on hand.

I encourage you to view recipes as flexible guidelines! The temperature or cook time provided in a recipe might be a bit different in your kitchen. You may not have access to the same ingredients listed in the recipe, and that’s okay. You may also not like all of the ingredients listed in the recipe. 

Things to keep in mind when modifying a recipe:

  • Ratios of liquids to solids.
  • Considering what type of texture an ingredient provides, and substituting for texture when possible.
  • Adjusting the recipe as you go—add liquid to thin, thicken it with an ingredient from the recipe when appropriate, adding more spices or salt for flavor.
  • Be careful when adjusting baking recipes. Baking is a science, and often there’s a specific chemistry at play in certain recipes. Do your research before making serious modifications.

One Pot Pasta With Chicken

Super easy and versatile, this delicious dish can be put together in just a few minutes – and cleanup is a breeze with only one pot!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Minute Meals, Chicken, Pasta
Servings: 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast diced into ½ inch cubes
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 ounce, drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth + ½ cup extra, if needed
  • 1 cup heavy cream milk can be substituted
  • 12 oz penne or other medium pasta
  • cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • ½ cup parmesan divided


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil over medium heat and cook chicken until no pink remains. Set aside.
  • Add onion and garlic to the pan. Cook until onion is translucent.
  • Add seasoning, parsley, 3 cups of broth, tomatoes and cream. Bring to a boil and add pasta. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce has thickened. If necessary, add ½ cup of broth. Stir in ¼ cup of parmesan cheese.
  • Add chicken back to skillet, top with mozzarella cheese and remaining parmesan. Broil 2 – 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.