Pinterest Chicken Enchilada Pasta

I don’t cook. I can if I try, but most of the time I’m too tired/lazy to try. When I wasn’t working for three months several years ago, I used to cook dinner every single day because I had tons of free time, but now I don’t get home until close to 6 (or later if I have errands to run) and by then all I want to do is sit down and veg out. Plus, the hubby doesn’t get home until close to 9 twice a week, so we tend to eat a lot of frozen stuff from Trader Joe’s, which we’ve deluded ourselves into thinking is “not so bad” but who are we kidding?

I saw a pin for Chicken Enchilada Pasta the other day and it looked fabulous so I knew I had to try it. I was going to attempt it on Sunday because I thought I had all the ingredients, but alas I was without cheese and sour cream and I couldn’t convince myself to drive the three whopping minutes to the grocery store. So I made it on Monday night instead.

I started at about 7:40 and it was ready to eat by a little after 9:00, which is just way too late for a weeknight meal. I also made several adjustments to the recipe:

  • I didn’t include any peppers or onions because hubby doesn’t like them and I was trying to save time
  • I didn’t include any sour cream because it was already creamy enough and hubby doesn’t like it
  • I used about 2.5 half cups of cheese, which was way too much
  • I used 2 cans of red enchilada sauce and half a can of green chiles
  • I used fully cooked, frozen chicken breasts from TJ’s instead of rotisserie chicken

Wow. This stuff is AH-MAZING. Even my husband liked it (and asked for seconds!) and he is a pretty picky eater. He also had very low expectations for this meal because he didn’t think the Mexican flavors would work with pasta. Wrong. I’ll definitely be making this again (on a weekend) and am going to try to make it a little more Weight Watchers-friendly by using whole wheat pasta and reduced-fat cheese. I have no idea how many points it is as-is, but I’m guessing a lot.

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I apologize for the sucky food pictures. I’m always done cooking/baking at night when it’s pitch-black out and the lights in the kitchen just aren’t very flattering.

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