Monday, February 20, 2012

Five Star Pasta

I came across a recipe awhile ago that I wanted to try, but also wanted to change. I have a severe issue with just leaving recipes alone. I always want to change things, but I think the changes are for the better!

I call this Five Star Pasta because it tastes like something you could get at a five star restaurant, but it's SO easy to make at home. Just serve it with freshly made garlic bread and a salad, and you're set!

Oh, and tell your kids it's mac and cheese, and they will eat it. Seriously.

Five Star Pasta

Adapted From:


8 ounces dried bow tie pasta 

3-4 cloves garlic, minced 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken tenders, cut into thin bite-size strips

1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed 

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 

1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth 

1/2 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and diced finely

1/2 cup dry white wine 

3/4 - 1 cup whipping cream 

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add chicken, basil, and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir for 4 minutes or until browned. Add chicken broth, dried tomatoes, and white wine. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Stir in whipping cream and the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; simmer for 2 minutes more.

Stir pasta into chicken mixture. Heat through. Pass additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes 4-main dish servings.

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