baby asparagustough parts removed, see notes for variations
8ounces/ 220g pastacooked al dente
parsley or green onions for garnishchopped
Heat oil in a pan. Add chicken. Stir-fry for 5 to 7 minutes until no longer pink. Season with fish sauce. Stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
Add butter to warm pan. Stir in minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute over medium heat until lightly brown. Immediately add asparagus and mushrooms or choice of vegetables (see notes). Continue stirring until vegetables are half-cooked.
Pour in the milk, pasta water or chicken broth. Once the liquid starts simmering, add the cream cheese. Lightly stir until the cheese melts through the sauce.
Add the cooked chicken and half of the grated parmesan cheese. Gently stir. Simmer for 1 minute. Lower the heat then season with ground pepper. If sauce becomes too thick, just add more pasta water ¼ cup at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
Add the cooked pasta. Gently toss until well coated. Turn off the heat.
Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese and parsley or green onions. Serve and enjoy!
Other protein options are bacon and shrimp. Bacon will make it extra flavorful and extra decadent. If you know what I mean.
If using bacon, fry it on the same pan but remove or wipe out the grease after. Unless you love the 'bacony-greasy' flavor then, by all means, leave it.
If using shrimp, use the frozen pack for convenience. Submerge it in water for 10 minutes to quickly defrost. Drain well before stir-frying. Cook it for 1 to 2 minutes then remove from pan. Add it back to the sauce just before the pasta.
Other vegetable variations: broccoli, green peas, white and brown button mushrooms, portobello mushroom, and yellow bell pepper. All are mild-tasting vegetables that won't overpower the buttery flavor of the sauce.
Freshly grated parmesan is always recommended as it melts easily in the sauce. If using the jarred type, use the finely grated one for a smoother sauce.
Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce https://www.rivertenkitchen.com/cream-cheese-pasta-sauce.html May 13, 2019