Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cavatappi Rosa Recipe

      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.
Thanks for stopping by!


Nichole @ Yeung Mother Hubbard said...

Yum! I love love love family style so that I can taste everything! I always ask my hubby... so how is your dinner? (then he says... why do you want to try it?) LOL

Earning-My-Cape said...

Mmmm! This looks so yummy!!!

CoffeeandCream said...

LOL That totally sounds like me ;-)

Kathe said...

OMG! you are my long lost daughter I didn't know I had!! I love your wit and style :-) I also love glorious food! Annnd I love that you linked this up at my party this week ♥ I hope you stop by regularly! I will be sharing this post on my Facebook page too!

CoffeeandCream said...

Thanks, Kathe! I'll be sure to stop by!

Alyssa said...

Angela, I'm going to try this one. It sounds amazing!

Carole said...

Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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