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Creamy Chicken Penne One Pot Pasta Recipe

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After a long, busy day at work, the last thing I want to do is slave over a stove and cook.  We all have to eat though, so I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas. Just last week, I learned about a new product Barilla Pronto Pasta. This new product from Barilla allows you to make a quick and easy pasta meal in a single pan, without the need to pre-boil water. So you know I headed to ShopRite to purchase it right away!

Making No Boil Pasta

Normally, when you cook pasta you need to boil water, add the pasta and then drain it  before serving. Cooking Barilla Pronto Pasta is a little different though.  You can make a quick and easy pasta meal by following the following simple steps:

– Put the pasta into a cooking pot.
– Add 3 cups of water into the pot.
– Turn on the burner, set it on high and let the pasta cook for 10 minutes.
– Stir the pasta after every two minutes to ensure all the water is absorbed by the pasta.
– Add some sauce and continue stirring until the pasta is ready.

There are five varieties of Barilla Pronto Pasta; spaghetti, rotini, elbows, penne and linguine. All these varieties can be cooked in recipes just like regular pasta.  I would note though that since the pasta cooks relatively fast, the key to making a great meal lies in making sure that additions like meat or veggies are pre-cooked before adding them to the pasta. 

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The following is a simple recipe for making an easy weeknight dinner using Barilla Pronto penne.

Creamy Chicken Penne One Pot Pasta Recipe


  • 12-ounces Barilla Pronto Penne
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • ½-cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1-1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 oz. 1/3 Less-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1-1/2 lb. pre-cooked chicken breast
  • 24 oz. jar of pasta sauce (I used Barilla Tomato & Basil All Natural Pasta Sauce)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese – to taste



  1. In a stockpot, combine pasta, water, vegetable broth, onions, basil leaves, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover, cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove cover and continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until pasta is cooked and almost all liquid is absorbed; stirring occasionally.Adding ingredients to pot for one pot pasta
  3. Lower heat and stir in cream cheese, chicken and tomato sauce; mix until combined.
  4. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top and garnish with fresh basil before serving.
  5. Serve immediately.

Onepan penne


Want to try this no boil pasta out yourself?  Well you’re in luck!  Right now, there’s a special in-store promotion going on at Shoprite, where you can buy any FOUR (4) Barilla® Pronto™ pasta products for $5.00 or $1.25 each available until 5/16/15 while supplies last.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "