Back at it again with the pasta
Is anybody else still struggling through the time change? The major upside is our office closes at 4 now, so after work I'm able to hit up the gym, run a few errands, make dinner and it's only 7:30 AND it's still light out. Anyways, I've had this ricotta in the fridge that I need to use so pasta was an easy answer. Ethan had just gotten a great deal on chicken from Lucky's and who couldn't use a little extra protein in their lives - so I decided to throw that in too.
Side note - look how huge that chicken breast is!
I have a habit of adding spinach, tomatoes, garlic & onions to pretty much anything I can. I would add mushrooms (my all time favorite) but Ethan absolutely despises them, he even hates the smell when they hit the pan.
This was a breeze of a recipe, I was powering through everything so quickly that I forgot to stop and take pictures. I know I know, I'm still learning so give me a break here. Essentially just cook up your chicken, sautée your garlic and onions, while all of that is happening cook your pasta. I used mostaciolli, but you could really use anything you have in your pantry. add your tomatoes, then pasta, then spinach until it all comes together.
At this point, you have a few options.
- Add some parmesan cheese & olive oil for an easy good to go
- Toss into a bowl & dollop with ricotta mixture
- Blend the ricotta mixture & some pasta water for a creamy pasta
- All of the above
I went with option #4. this dish couldn't be easier. I've learned pasta water is a real life savor...especially when your boyfriend is running a late for dinner and you need to freshen it up a bit. but seriously, always keep a little pasta water when you are draining your noodles, you can always add it in when everything starts to get too dry & it helps incorporate the ricotta throughout the whole dish.
- 1-2 TB Olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (salt & peppered)
- 3-5 Roma tomatoes
- 1-2 cups of spinach (or a few handfuls)
- Pasta of your choosing
- Grated parmesan
- Ricotta mixture
-seasonings (S&P, garlic powder, rosemary)
- Dice onion, mince garlic, cube chicken (go ahead and chop of your tomatoes to get all the knife work out of the way)
- Add olive oil to a pan and turn to medium heat, once hot add chicken and start cooking through
- Add onions & garlic, at this time get your water boiling and cook your pasta
- Cook chicken, onions & garlic until fragrant (make sure chicken is fully cooked) and add tomatoes until they soften
- Drain your pasta (make sure to save some pasta water!) and add to the pan with spinach
- At this point you can start getting a little creative - I added grated parmesan, some pasta water, as well as my ricotta mixture until creamy
- Put in a bowl and dollop some more ricotta!