"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Monday, October 12, 2009


the story:
i have no idea what the name of this dish is.
my cousin, shannon, gave me the recipe when i was 16.
i can't keep my fingers off of the leftovers, let alone the day of cooking.
(don't worry, when i make it for others i duct tape my mouth shut to avoid germ sharing)
sean's mission president, now a general authority (church leadership), came with his wife for dinner at our house when brennan was 6 weeks old.
i made this.
after "president" (what sean still calls him) went back for seconds, hermana alonzo asked sean to ask me (she doesn't speak english, made for an interesting night) to get my recipe for "la pasta" b/c "president" never goes back for seconds.

i was beaming in my chair.
and from then on it has been called "LA PASTA" in our house.
from our kitchen to yours,
i give you


16 oz rigatoni
1 stick butter
1/2 c flour
1 c milk
1 can chicken broth
3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
1/2lb mushrooms, sliced
3/4 c half & half
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 c Parmesan
3/4 c sliced almonds

1. cook chicken {3-4 chicken breasts}
2. cook pasta, drain, set aside.
3. while pasta is cooking, melt butter in large sauce pan {keep on low medium heat entire time}
4. whisk milk {not half and half} and flour until smooth, stir into butter once melted, add chicken broth, stirring constantly {if lumpy, use whisk to stir until smooth}.
5. add half & half, stir until smooth and thickened.
6. add salt, nutmeg, chicken, mushrooms, and rigatoni.
7. put into baking greased baking dish.
8. bake COVERED at 350* for 35 minutes, then stir.
9. sprinkle Parmesan and almonds, bake 15 min. more UNCOVERED.

mark my words, 
your mouth will love you:)


Lauren said...

sounds yum! i will definitely be trying this one!

Lisa said...

oh yeah... I'll copy and add this to my recipe folder! yum yum

**Amanda** said...

Sounds amazing! I'll be making it this week :)

Emmy said...

Oh thank you! Yes, you always know it is good when people go for seconds.

Sue said...

I love when you post a recipe that sounds like I might actually make the dish successfully...



Amy said...

Yummy! I am sure it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Fiauna said...

I will try this. It sounds so good.

Synergy Girl said...

Sure wish i could actually MAKE this...urg....!! I am on a NO MILK ALLOWED diet for at least the next two weeks...BLEH!!! If I could marry a cow to have milk for the rest of my life, well then call me a palygamist, but don't take away my milk...

keri said...

Oh I'm SOOOOOO glad you posted that! I've wanted it ever since you were making it that night for the Prez!!! Remember, I was there!

TheRixonFive said...

okay ... my mouth LITERALLY watered.

Bree said...

dude-sounds good but SO much BUTTER, half & half?????

p.s. almonds are ok for matt, though i would not add them anyway, because me no likey!