Love chicken alfredo? Then you’ll adore this dreamy dish. It’s a sophisticated riff on the classic with tons more flavor infused into every bite. There’s Tuscan-spiced chicken, deeply-roasted garlic and tomatoes, and al dente spaghetti all coated in a creamy, cheesy sauce. It’s one of those hearty, soul-warming dishes that’s sure to put a smile on any pasta-lover’s face.
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Tuscan Heat Spice
Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash and dry all produce. Cut each tomato into 6 wedges. Peel garlic; place whole clove on a small piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; cinch foil into a packet.
Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly oil. Place tomatoes skin sides down on prepared sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with 1 tsp Tuscan Heat Spice (2 tsp for 4 servings; you’ll use more later), salt, and pepper. Place garlic foil packet on same sheet. Roast on middle rack until tomatoes have wilted slightly and garlic is soft, 20-25 minutes.
Once water is boiling, add spaghetti to pot. Cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes. Reserve ¾ cup pasta cooking water (1½ cups for 4 servings), then drain. (Reserve empty pot for use in step 5.)
While pasta cooks, pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season with 1 tsp Tuscan Heat Spice (2 tsp for 4 servings; you’ll use the rest in the next step), salt, and pepper. Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, 3-5 minutes per side. Turn off heat; cover to keep warm. (TIP: If your pan doesn’t have a lid, loosely cover with aluminum foil.)
Once garlic is done roasting, open foil and mash cloves with a fork. Melt 1 TBSP butter in pot used for pasta over medium heat. Add mashed garlic and remaining Tuscan Heat Spice. Stir in cream cheese, 2 TBSP butter (3 TBSP for 4 servings), ⅔ cup reserved pasta cooking water (1 cup for 4), and half the Parmesan (save the rest for serving). Turn off heat; season with salt and pepper.
Add spaghetti to pot with sauce; toss to thoroughly combine. (TIP: If needed, stir in more reserved cooking water a splash at a time until pasta is coated in a creamy sauce.) Season with salt and pepper. Slice chicken crosswise. Divide pasta between bowls. Top with chicken and roasted tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve.