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Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms

This week I have the pleasure of working with Land O Lakes® to create this Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms. This simple dish is full of flavor using their new Sauté Express® Sauté Starter kits for #SundaySupper.

What’s a Sauté Express® Sauté Starter kit? I’m glad you asked. I like to call it convenience in a packet. It combines everything you need to start whipping up dinner in a flash:  olive oil, butter, herbs, spices, and garlic. It’s a one stop trip to flavor town.

Land O Lakes® understands that life can get a bit hectic, so they took the busy chef into consideration when they created their new Sauté Express® Sauté Starter kits. Late meeting at work? After-school activities with the kids? Gym? No worries, Land O Lakes® has you covered.

I’m all too familiar with how busy life can get; I work a full-time job, go to school, run a blog, and go to the gym every week. My active schedule requires simple, no-fuss meals during the week. Simple doesn’t have to mean flavorless, which is where Land O Lakes® comes in. They’re Sauté Express® Sauté Starter kits are full of fresh flavors just waiting to enhance your weeknight meals.

The Sauté Express® Sauté Starter kit comes in four delicious flavors:

My favorite go-to ingredient for simple weeknight meals is pasta. It’s quick and extremely versatile. I decided to make a creamy parmesan pasta with chicken & mushrooms that only takes 30-minutes from start to finish.

I decided to use the garlic and herb kit for this recipe. It added a huge boost of flavor and complemented my sauce perfectly. As soon as you unwrap the butter packet, you’re instantly hit with the aromas of fresh garlic and chopped herbs.

This pasta is so GOOD! The creamy sauce is full of fresh parmesan, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, hearty chunks of moist chicken, and sliced mushrooms.

I love that this Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms can be prepared in less than 30-minutes; it’s perfect for the busy chef. This may be a quick, weeknight meal, but it doesn’t lack in the flavor department. You get all the flavor from this dish as you would a slow-cooked, gourmet meal.


Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 and 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water and add the dried spaghetti. Cook until al dente, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add one garlic & herb Sauté Express square. Add the mushrooms and brown. Add the garlic and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add chicken stock and reduce slightly. Turn down the heat to medium-low and add the half & half, bring to a gentle boil and allow to reduce slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta water, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and chicken, cook for 1 minute. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir in the cooked pasta and chopped basil. Transfer the pasta to a serving dish. Top with extra parmesan cheese. Serve.
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47 Responses to “Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms”

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    CCU — January 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Your photos have me craving big my friend, wonderful job :D



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    Family Foodie — January 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Oh my goodness… I want some right now! Beautiful recipe.


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    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — January 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Should not have looked at this before breakfast.. Is it wrong to want this instead of eggs? Looks delicious Jennie!


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    mommasmeals — January 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Great Dish Jennie! I could dive in right now. I think my fam would love this on any given night!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Mmmmm garlic & herb yummmyyyy love this pasta!


  6. #
    Renee — January 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Yep, I’m craving pasta now. Mmmm…creamy parmesan. Must. Make. Soon.


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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — January 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Would it be wrong of me to want this for breakfast?


  8. #
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog — January 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This looks fantastic! I can not wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!


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    Cindy Brickley — January 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I would like to get the garlic and herb first and maybe put it on some fresh green beans


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    Heather @girlichef — January 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I have to agree, when I’m feeling the crunch, I almost always reach for pasta. This dish looks so creamy and inviting. Plus, I’m a sundried tomato fiend, so…it’s pretty much a given that I want this in my life.


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    Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) — January 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Cream works so well with these saute starters! Your dish looks wonderful. And beautiful photos!


  18. #
    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — January 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I’ll take a large plate of this stat! Very nice recipe…


  19. #
    Sarah — January 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

    If I can eat this every day I would happily. You have put all the things I love into one perfect dish. I wish I had a big bowl of this pasta right now. I am making this dish for dinner tonight!


  20. #
    Katie — January 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    My stomach is growling just thinking about this pasta dish! It sounds incredible…and anything with sundried tomatoes gets my vote!!!


  21. #
    Jenn and Seth — January 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    this looks soooo good, i want a bowl of this pasta right now!


  22. #
    Bea — January 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    What beautiful presentation!!! It sounds fantastic :)


  23. #
    Conni Smith @FoodieArmyWife — January 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Oh this is gorgeous!!


  24. #
    Kate | Food Babbles — January 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Oh wow! This sounds (and looks) so good! I haven’t seen those saute express things yet but not I need to be on the lookout because I definitely want to make this dish.


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    [email protected] & Trinkets — January 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Mmm, pasta. This looks so simple and refreshing.


  26. #
    Tara — January 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Oh my looks divine, my mouth is watering!!


  27. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I saw these on a commercial the other day and have been wanting to try them out. I would love to make a chicken dish using one of these flavors.


  28. #
    Jenny — January 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I’d make a pasta bake!


  29. #
    Carol Yemola — January 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I would make Chicken Scampi with the Garlic and Herb.


  30. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — January 28, 2013 at 3:13 am

    This sounds so delicious. I love sundried tomatoes and mushrooms.


  31. #
    Susan — January 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    This looks so amazing, I just want to dig in right now!


  32. #
    Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) — January 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Oh yum! That creamy pasta looks amazing! Mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes are one of my favorite add ins for pasta too!


  33. #
    Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen — January 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    This sounds so good! I love adding lemon to my pasta dishes!!


  34. #
    Liz — January 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Oh, boy, does this look and sound incredible! I’d eat all the mushrooms and give the hubby some extra chicken…we’d both be thrilled with this for dinner!!!


  35. #
    Susan Christy — January 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I would make the Herb Lemon Butter Tilapia with Sauted Veggies


  36. #
    jack great — January 31, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Creamy pasta with mushroom. Sounds yummy……. but I don’t like chicken in it.



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