Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Leftover Pasta

A Leftover Pasta

My husband and I were enjoying our Saturday afternoon when he requested something light for lunch. We're on a budget for the next few months because we are about to buy a house so I try saving money every way that I can. One of the first things we decided to do is to start eating every meal that we can at home. After looking through a few pasta recipes in the cookbooks that I own and nothing looking appetizing, I decided to just make something with some of the extra foods that I had laying around the house. This dish came out really nice! Kind of like a very light spaghetti... This dish is very garlicky with a light tomato sauce and the chicken gives it a nice kick of protein.

What you'll need:
Olive Oil
1 package of Linguini pasta (I like to use No. 7)
a few mushrooms (4 - 5 white capped ones, chopped)
2 tablespoon minced garlic (from the jar is fine)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp lemon rind (optional)
1/4 large white onion, chopped
1/3 can of tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cooked & herbed chicken breasts chopped to bite size pieces

1. Start boiling 1/3 - 1/2 of the box of Linguini noodles according to the directions on the package. Don't forget to had a couple of teaspoons of salt to the water and to drizzle some Olive Oil into the water. The salt raises the water temp and the olive oil will keep the noodles from clumping together while cooking.

2. After putting the noodles in to cook in the boiling water. Drizzle 2 circle of the pans of Olive Oil into a pan on MED HIGH to HIGH. Combine minced garlic, chopped mushrooms, chopped chicken, oregano, parsley and chopped onions with a little salt and saute until onions become clear and mushrooms lose their moisture. Reduce heat to MEDIUM.

3. Add 1/3 can of tomato paste to mixture and mix thoroughly. Sauce should look like a puree. Once paste is evenly combined, add a little of the chicken broth a little at a time (only to cover the bottom of the pan). Once liquid evaporates do it again with the remaining broth until it also evaporates.

4. By now the noodles should be done. Strain the noodles from the liquid and put Linguini into pan with sauce. Remove pan from heat. Mix together until sauce evenly covers Linguini. Salt and Pepper to taste.

5. Throw some grated Parmesan cheese on top before serving if you like. For a nice summer kick, you can also grate some lemon rind on top before serving.

Makes 3-4 Servings.

If you try out this recipe let me know what you think~ I FEED you for FEEDback!!

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