Delicious and creamy, this Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta won’t disappoint you.
But before we all jump into this gooey goodness (aka Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta), I’ve got a question. Have you ever had a situation when you got used to a specific product, and then it just disappeared from the stores? I bet you have! Or probably it happens every now and again. (But I hope it doesn’t.)
Personally, I don’t recall many of these stories. This has happened a couple of times with some beauty products. I liked some things, and I would regularly buy them until the moment they just vanished. Not a big deal (But I won’t lie – I was hoping to find it for a while. Still not a big deal.)
As about food, once an ice cream company stopped producing one flavor which I adored (It might be inappropriate to use this verb referring to ice cream, but you should know my love for ice cream). That was quite sad cause the combo was truly fabulous, and I have any solid reasons why would the company do that. Well, perhaps that flavor wasn’t popular which is not a good explanation either.
Another story has happened this year. It’s not about disappearing the particular brand – it’s about the item.
Sun-dried tomato pesto. Oh, I like this stuff. With pasta, gnocchi, crepes, or just straight from the jar (Don’t judge me). So good. My favorite thing is a toast with some plain cream cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. Check this out, friends. I always have a jar in the fridge. Wait, should I say “I used to have”?
In January I was planning on making pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto and some proteins (I wasn’t sure yet would I choose poultry or Italian sausage). So I went to our regular grocery store to grab a jar of pesto and probably some inspiration.
And you know what? I didn’t find it (Pesto. Not the inspiration). The empty spot reserved for these jars was surrounded by classic pesto. However, since the price tags were still here, I though the store temporary run out of it. I decided to move my plans for the next weekend.
When I returned in a week, I found the same picture. I didn’t want to move my pasta anymore so I stopped at Walmart. I didn’t find it here either (On a side note, I never saw it here before so that wasn’t the same case).
Then I made a very difficult decision because I couldn’t wait for pasta any longer. No, I didn’t adjudicate on making pesto from scratch. Instead, I decided to use regular sun-dried tomatoes.
As you see, this luscious Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta appeared in my life.
Certainly, I don’t regret it. Although it wasn’t the original idea, this dish turned out amazing.
Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta
The combination of chicken, smoked gouda, smoked paprika, and sun-dried tomatoes is so hearty (And yes, I had a little of pesto from the open jar which I also incorporated. I hope that wasn’t the last jar).
Also, when I want to get a creamy, silky, and rich sauce without heavy cream, I always use cream cheese. If you haven’t tried using it in pasta…well, you’re missing a lot, my friends!
It’s definitely not the lightest pasta, but cream cheese makes the difference.
Seriously, you should try this Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta.
And I won’t give up on that pesto although it’s been over a month when I see the empty shelf with a price tag. But if one day you find a recipe for pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto here one day, you will know I’ve been lucky enough!
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