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This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta and Pasta

This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta and Pasta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared to get a browned, flavorful crust.  Garlic, broth & tomatoes are added & cooked down into a delightful sauce with a meaty bite from the chicken.  Pasta is mixed in, then creamy Ricotta is added. Bellissimo!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Ground Chicken Breast Free Range, No antibiotics used
  • 28 oz San Marzano Whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt increase to 1 tsp if your broth is unsalted
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Spaghetti I used gluten free
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Basil Leaves, loose

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Mince the garlic Clove.  Rough chop the basil leaves - or just leave them whole for garnish at the end.

Cook

  1. Make the spaghetti to al dente according to package instructions then set aside until you are ready to add to the sauce.  NOTE: you do not want to over cook the pasta as it will continue to cook in the sauce.

  2. Preheat a large skillet on high heat.  Add 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and spread it around the skillet.  Add the ground chicken, break it up and make a single layer of meat so that all of it can get a nice brown sear.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  3. Let the chicken cook on high heat for at least 5 minutes without touching it, but even longer is better so that it gets REALLY BROWNED!  Then flip the chicken over breaking it up again so that it doesn't form one large patty and cook the other side for another 5 minutes.  You want to make sure that all of the pink is gone and preferably all of the white too so that everything is nice and browned.  BROWNED = FLAVOR :)

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  4. Now add the minced garlic and stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Add the Broth and stir to get all of those delicious browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  6. Add the tomatoes and break them up with a spatula.  Mix to combine.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  TIP: If you do not have a cover for your skillet, you can use a sheet pan or just aluminum foil.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  7. Now mix in the spaghetti and mix using tongs so that all of the sauce combines with the pasta.  

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  8. Finally, add in some hefty dollops of creamy ricotta cheese.  You can add in as much or as little as you want, but I like to scoop out 1-2 dollops per serving.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  9. Serve and garnish with basil.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is intentionally simply and short on herbs because I really wanted to let the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and the browned flavor from the chicken be the star.  The basil at the very end as garnish is a nice fresh burst of flavor.  However, feel free to also add basil to the sauce and mix it in before you cover it to simmer.