Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano Recipe

You can make the mouthwatering Macaroni Grill Chicken Pasta Milano at home in less than 30 minutes with a few basic ingredients, and your family will enjoy a delicious creamy garlic pasta dish.

Nowadays, eating out is a bit more challenging, which makes copycat recipes like this Chicken Pasta Milano even more valuable. For more beloved copycat recipes, check out Brio’s Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, Root’s Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, and Cafe Rio’s Sweet Pork Salad.

Since it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and tastes delicious thanks to the garlic, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmigiano Reggiano, it’s perfect for weeknights.

Pasta Milano – Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill Chicken Pasta Milano 🔗

Macaroni Grill's delicious Chicken Pasta Milano can be made right at home! In less than 30 minutes and with a few simple ingredients, your family will be sitting down to a creamy garlic pasta dish everyone is sure to love!

Prep: 10min

Total: 45min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 515 kcal, Carbohydrate 51 g, Protein 38 g, Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 8 g, Cholesterol 107 mg, Sodium 304 mg, Fiber 3 g, Sugar 5 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 8 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup starchy pasta water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (pounded to 1/2 inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 ounces baby bella mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil (drained, julienned)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil


  1. Cook pasta al dente according to directions on box. (For 8 ounces of pasta you'll need a 4 quart or large pot with 3 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt.) BEFORE DRAINING- ladle out 1/2 cup starchy cooking water and set aside. Drain but do NOT rinse the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high heat in the skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then cook until golden on both sides and done (about 4-5 minutes per side). Remove onto a cutting board to rest. Slice just before adding it to the sauce.
  3. In the same skillet, melt the butter. Saute the mushrooms until golden brown (about 6 minutes). Add the sun dried tomatoes and garlic and cook 30 seconds longer.
  4. Add the half-and-half, 1/4 cup of starchy pasta water, and Parmesan cheese. While stirring continuously, bring to a boil and then reduce to low and let simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes).
  5. Mix the pasta and chicken into the sauce, adding additional starchy water if needed. Remove from heat, garnish with basil and Parmesan.


What is Milano sauce made of?

Using a food processor, puree the heavy cream with the roasted garlic, pepper, salt, and parmesan cheese. Transfer the pureed cream to a sauce pan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

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