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PASTA RECIPES

1.  ASIAGO CHICKEN PASTA WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES AND SPINACH

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes with oil, chopped (2 tablespoons)

1 lb chicken breast, sliced in half, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

salt

paprika

1 cup half and half 

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Asiago cheese, grated

8 oz penne pasta (use gluten free brown rice penne, for gluten free version)

2 cups fresh spinach

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat sun-dried tomatoes (cut them) in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and chopped garlic on medium heat. Add chopped chicken breast to the sun-dried tomatoes and oil - generously season the chicken in the skillet with salt and paprika. Cook chicken until it's cooked through completely.

To the same skillet with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes, add 1 cup of half and half and 1/4 teaspoon salt - bring to boil. Add grated Asiago cheese and stir for about 30 seconds to melt the cheese. Reduce the heat from boil to simmer and continue stirring to make sure all cheese melts. At this point, if the sauce is too thick, add another 1/3 cup of half and half and stir. Taste the sauce - if 1/4 teaspoon salt was not enough, add more.

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse.

Add cooked and drained pasta to the sauce. Add spinach, mix everything - cover with the lid and let the pasta sit to allow spinach to wilt, on low simmer. After spinach has wilted, stir everything together to combine, taste and add more salt, if needed.

Recipes and Image from Julia's Album

2.  CHICKEN PASTA WITH CREAMY CILANTRO-LIME ALFREDO SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 lb chicken breast, sliced

salt and pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (use less if bottled juice)

1/4 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

2/3 cups heavy cream

2/3 cups milk

1/2 cup mozzarella or parmesan cheese, grated

8 oz spaghetti pasta (use gluten free for gluten free version)

reserved cooked pasta water 

1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-hot heat. Generously season sliced chicken with salt and pepper, add to the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until done. Remove sliced chicken from the skillet.

To the same skillet, add minced garlic, lime juice and chicken broth. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat, deglazing and scraping the skillet until the liquid is reduced and making sure garlic does not burn and brown too much. Mix in chopped cilantro.

Add heavy cream and milk. Bring to boil, the immediately add cheese and mix in until melted, while boiling. Then, remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, reserving some cooked pasta water.

Add pasta to the sauce, along with the half of the chicken. Mix everything in and season pasta with more salt, if needed.

Top with the remaining half of the chicken and more chopped cilantro.

Recipe and Image form Julia's Album

3.  CREAMY TOMATO ITALIAN PARMESAN CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 chicken breasts

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon McCormick Italian Seasoning Herb Grinder, plus more for garnish

salt and pepper to taste

½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large skillet add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper the chicken. Cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for a couple of minutes until tender. Add the tomato sauce, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a simmer and add the chicken back to the skillet. Top with shredded parmesan cheese. Serve over pasta of desired.

Recipe and Image from The Recipe Critic

4.  CREAMY TUSCAN GARLIC CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS:

1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 cup heavy cream

½ cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon italian seasoning

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 cup spinach, chopped

½ cup sun dried tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the chicken back to the pan and serve over pasta if desired.

Recipe and Image from The Recipe Critic