Pasta and Light Alfredo Sauce with Roasted Chicken Breast

16-oz pasta

five boneless chicken breasts

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

¾ tsp lemonpepper

½ tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp salt

Season chicken, both sides and bake at 350 for 20 to 30 min until juices run clear. Remove from oven and cut into bite sized pieces.

Dice four garlic cloves, small onion or half of a large onion, package of preschuto ; sauté in olive oil along with two boxes of sliced mushroom. Add some capers, half a jar artichoke hearts-diced, some diced sundried tomatoes, dried red peppers, what ever strikes your fancy.  When done, add the chicken pieces and heat chicken through.

Alfredo Sauce.

2 cups nonfat half & half

¼ plus 2 Tbsp flour (this may be too much, as the sauce isn't as thin as liked.

1 cup nonfat skim milk

1 egg yolk

½ tsp or more salt

white pepper to taste

4-oz grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese.

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil – optional

2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley – optional

White wine for thinning.

Pour half&half into a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Adding about a third of the flour at a time, whisk flour briskly; then whisk egg yolk and milk into the mixture.

Bring mixture to gentle boil over medium heat, whisking constantly; continue to cook 10 min or until sauce thickens.

Add chicken, lemon juice and fresh herbs to sauce; continue to simmer another 2 or 3 minutes until all ingredients are heated through. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve over pasta, top with 1 Tspn grated cheese and fresh chopped parsley.

Thin with wine as needed. Don't over cook as it will get too thick.

"Mama's Chicken" is served at DiFabio's in Madisonville, KY. This is my take on it.