Apocalypse Pasta is a dinner thrown together with whatever I had on hand, due to being low on veggies but not making extra trips to the store. Add a little bit of off brand sour cream that no one really liked, powdered ranch dressing powder that I impulse bought at Costco a few months ago, some linguine, chicken and Apocalypse Pasta was born. Everyone loved it.
1 lb. pasta, prepared according to package directions
2-3 Tablespoons cooking oil
2 large chicken breasts, cut into pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
3 medium celery ribs, diced (save the leafy celery tops)
1 small onion, diced
1 cup frozen peas
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix
Celery tops, diced finely
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add a tablespoon of oil and cook carrots for about 5 minutes, then add onion and celery. When the onion has softened, add frozen peas and cook until no longer frozen (about 3 minutes). Put vegetable mixture into a bowl and set aside. Return pan to the stove.
Salt and pepper chicken very well. Add a tablespoon of oil and add chicken to hot pan. Cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken to a bowl and set aside. Return pan to the stove.
Add butter to the pan and melt. Add in flour and whisk together, cooking 2-3 minutes until flour mixture begins to brown. Lower heat to medium, and slowly whisk, in milk.
When the mixture begins to thicken, add in sour cream, celery tops and ranch dressing powder. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over pasta.