Thursday, September 20, 2012
1:13 PM | Posted by CoffeeandCream | | Edit Post
Confession: I love to eat. I do. I love to think about what I'm going to eat and when I'm going to eat it. Some people say they "are so busy they forget to eat". I will never be one of those people. I'm a lick -the -spoon -that -I -just -stirred -the- brownie -batter -with type of person. If you're one of these people, we'll get along great. Perhaps we should get some t-shirts made up ..........maybe they should have an ice cream cone on it.....
This dish is inspired by the Macaroni Rosa dish at Buca De Beppo's family style restaurant. If you're like me, you LOVE family style restaurants because you get to sample many different dishes instead of having to give your husband sad puppy eyes for him to give you a taste of his dessert.
- 1 box of Cavatappi pasta (some call it Cellentani)
- 1.5 lbs chicken tenderloins
- 1 medium onion - diced
- 5 cloves of garlic- minced
- 2 jars of marinara sauce
- 1 small can of peas
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets
- 1 pack of mushrooms
- 1 tub of Philadelphia Cooking Cream Italian Garlic and Herb (or 1 brick of regular cream cheese)
- olive oil
- 1/3 cup red wine (Merlot or Cabernet ) or whatever you have
- salt, pepper, parsley to taste
Step number one: Pour yourself a glass of wine, you've had a hard day.
Heat up your large pan or dutch oven on medium heat. Once it's heated add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and let that heat.
Add your onion and let cook for 4 minutes, then add garlic.
Cut your chicken tenderloins into bite size pieces and add them to the pot. Season them with some salt and pepper.
Once the chicken looks mostly cooked add the frozen broccoli and cover the pan. Let that steam about 6 minutes.
Wash your mushrooms. Add them and the peas into the pot. Stir
Add the wine, stir and let simmer about 5 minutes.
Add the marinara sauce and the cream cheese and stir to combine.
Bring a pan of water to a boil. Once it is boiling add some salt (that is the most effective time to flavor the pasta).
Add the pasta to the boiling water and let cook about 8-10 minutes ,stirring occasionally.
Once the pasta is done, drain it, then add it to the sauce mixture.
Gently combine everything and let simmer about 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir, making sure the sauce fully coats the pasta.
Top with parsley.
This dish is always a crowd pleaser, I hope your crowd enjoys it just as much.
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