Thursday, December 30, 2010

Everybody Loves Pasta

I can tell I'm having Christmas break...I finally have time to blog.

We love pasta. The kiddos love pasta.

Just wanted to share a couple of recipes that we've enjoyed. I got this Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe from a fellow twin mommy. And the other one is from Allrecipes. I normally have to make a lot of substitutions to my recipes...because things aren't available here...or are just really expensive. But we still really love these recipes. Hope you try them!

Cajun Chicken Pasta
3/4 pound rotini, cooked according to package (I normally use penne b/c I like it better & I use the full pound...cuz really what are you going to do with the other part of the package.)
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (I use 1/2 to 1 pound.)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons cajun seasoning, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) (I cut this way back b/c Asia isn't a fan of spice.)
8 oz. heavy cream (I use all purpose cream in a tetra pack b/c we don't have heavy cream here.)
1 green bell pepper, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned (I use a couple of a local type of green pepper.)
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, quartered (I use canned mushrooms b/c we can't normally get fresh.)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (I normally just use the Kraft kind.)

Cook rotini according to package directions. Drain; set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, until brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, onions, cajun or creole seasoning and ground black and red peppers. Add bell peppers and mushrooms; stir to combine. Cover & cook 5 minutes. Uncover; stir in cream and let simmer another 2 minutes. Stir in parmesan cheese. Remove sauce from heat, stir in cooked pasta and serve immediately.

Penne with Chicken & Pesto
We actually, don't get to eat this much...because pesto is sooo expensive here & the spinach is really, you can't really make your own. But it is soo delish!
I think this calls for way too much butter and olive oil...since pesto tends to be quite oily. I just just a tiny bit of olive oil.
I also use the tetra packs of all purpose cream for this.

Anyway...I'm always on the look out for good recipes. So, if you have any good ones please share!

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