Dad’s Rosemary Chicken Pasta

I’ve been feeling uncreative in the kitchen lately so I’m reminiscing about meals I had growing up (my dad cooked for us every night) and recreating them… maybe I’ll do a series? Let me know! This was on of my favorites and it’s so simple but flavorful!⁣⁣ (If you’re vegan, omit the chicken – still delicious!)


1 lb chicken (breast or tenders – omit if vegan)⁣⁣

1 box penne (I used Jovial Foods)⁣⁣

1 large can whole peeled tomatoes ⁣⁣

4 cups broccoli heads⁣⁣

2 cloves of garlic ⁣⁣

Fresh Rosemary ⁣⁣

Olive oil ⁣⁣


Cheese/vegan cheese of your choice ⁣


Add chopped garlic and a generous amount of rosemary to a large skillet over medium heat; sauté until garlic is browning ⁣⁣

Add in cubed chicken and continue cooking over medium/low heat, until brown on the outside ⁣⁣

Separately, steam broccoli until tender ⁣⁣

Also separately, cook pasta!⁣⁣

Once chicken is done, add broccoli and *just the tomatoes* from the can to the skillet – I like to tear them into smaller pieces (careful of getting sprayed with tomato juice)⁣⁣

Season with a little salt to your liking⁣⁣

Add pasta and stir over low heat until everything is blended⁣⁣

*My dad says he used to add heavy cream at the end; I didn’t do this but it’s really good… you could do 1/4 cup cream or coconut milk ⁣⁣

Add cheese of your choice (I use Parma! Vegan Parmesan)

Should I do more dad recipes?

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