Thursday, August 5, 2010

End of the Week Pasta

My sister came up with this little recipe a long time ago- it's simple and easy, yet so tasty and light. We call it the "End-of-the-Week Pasta" because we usually make it at the end of the week with whatever leftover veggies we haven't used up. There is no "must have" veggies that must be included, I just use any thing that's going to go to waste... here are some ideas that I used in my dish, feel free to vary it up! For those of you who like specifics, this recipe might drive you a little batty- bare with me!

1 bell pepper (I had 1/2 orange and 1/2 red)
3 squash (I had 3 small yellow ones)
1/4 red onion (again, it's what was left over)
a large handful of green beans, chopped
a handful of mushrooms, sliced
2 TBSP butter
3 cloves garlic
sundried tomatoes (I used about 1/4 of an 8 oz jar), sliced
1 TBSP grapeseed oil
1 lb. chicken, browned and diced
approximately 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese (again, it's.... what I had left!)
1/2 cup white wine (I used sherry because it was already open!)
s & p

Boil water for your pasta (I use brown rice cork screw pasta from Trader Joe's). Then, in a large skillet, add your 3 cloves garlic, 2 TBSP butter and chopped onion and let it saute until it starts turning brown. Add all of your chopped veggies & your 1/2 cup white wine and let them saute for a 4-5 minutes, sprinkling them with a little s & p. Remove them from the heat and add them to you serving bowl, sprinkling your parmesan over top so they melt together. Then in your same large skillet, add your TBSP of oil and your washed chicken (I used whole tenders, if you use breasts, chop it up before hand for quicker cooking). Season your chicken with some s & p and let them brown on one side before flipping them over. Once you flip them over, add another splash of white wine (mine was a BIG splash!) and let them finish cooking. Remove them from the pan and let them cool for a quick minute before cutting them into bite size pieces. Add your sundried tomatoes to your serving bowl, then your diced chicken, maybe a little more parmesan and toss well. Serve as the entree... you will enjoy it's light and crispy flavor from all the veggies and the zest from the wine!

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