Monday, January 23, 2012

Chicken Penne Pasta

This is a recipe that a was given from my friend Jenny.  Of course I had to change it up a bit from the original.  It is another one of my family favorites.
This is really super easy, but not low cal!
Drain the oil from the sun dried tomatoes.  Reserve 2 Tbsp of the oil for sauteing onion and garlic in.
Chop onion, garlic and fresh basil.
Saute onion and garlic until clear and add chicken.
Cook chicken for 8 minutes.  Boil the pasta while the chicken is cooking
Add 2 handfuls of baby spinach to the colander and drain the pasta into the colander.  
It will steam the spinach.
Add pasta, sun dried tomatoes, basil mushrooms, and cream to the pot.  
Simmer on low heat for 2 minutes.
Toast pine nuts and add to the pasta.  Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Penne Pasta
(recipe by
1 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 small or 2 large chicken breast, cubed
3 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 6oz can sliced mushrooms
8 oz penne pasta (Cook as directed)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Drain tomatoes of oil, reserve 2 Tbsp oil to saute garlic and onion.  Add chicken and saute 8 minutes. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, basil, spinach, pasta and cream.  Saute 2 minutes.  Toss in toasted pine nuts and sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.