This is a quick and easy meal that is on the table in less than 30 minutes. Made with just a handful of ingredients.

$ boneless chicken breasts pan-seared, sliced, or 4 cups cubed chicken. Keep warm.

12 ounces fettuccine or other long pasta Kosher salt

2 cups reserved pasta cooking water

3/4 cup unsalted butter cubed. Note Do Not use margarine.

1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus more for serving (very good quality)

Freshly ground black pepper

Garnish; Chopped fresh parsley or basil leaves

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta, stirring often until it drains. ( this is important) reserving 2 cups of pasta cooking water.

Set a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 1-cup paster water. Bring just to a low simmer, then whisk in 1 tablespoon of butter, one piece at a time, until melted.

Gradually add the cheese, whisking constantly, being sure it is melted and incorporated thoroughly before adding each addition.

Whisk in the additional 1-cup pasta water.

Add the pasta and mix to coat until noodles are covered in sauce.

Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

Cook over low heat, about 3-5 minutes, just until the pasta absorbs most of the liquid. Stir often to avoid scorching the cheese-covered pasta.

To serve, place 1/4th of the pasta on a plate and add 1 sliced chicken breast.

Top with a heaping helping of grated Parmesan cheese and garnish with chopped fresh parsley or basil leave.

As seen on @healthyfoodadvice Instagram page.