Here is something easy and absolutely delicious to try for dinner this week. I make it almost every other week and its great to eat the next day.
Pasta with Chicken and Tomato Cream Sauce
slighty adapted from Ree a.k.a the Pioneer Woman
Serves 4- 6 hungry people
1/2 box of Penne Pasta
2 -3 boneless chicken
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small sweet onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth (regular works fine too)
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon of dried Parsley
1/2 tablespoon dried Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and pat chicken dry w/ paper towel. Season with your favorite chicken seasonings ( I use McCormick Montreal Chicken seasoning and sprinkle a little kosher salt of my chicken) or/and salt and pepper. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium casserole dish (big enough to bake your chicken in), place seasoned chicken in dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and when cut the juices run clear. Depending on how big your chicken is cooking time may vary.
* If you don’t want to bake your chicken, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil in a skillet and cook the chicken until fully cooked.
Once your chicken is done, chop it up and set aside.
Cook Penne pasta until al-dente( fancy word alert!), about 11 minutes (read the box for correct cooking time).
While the pasta is boiling, start making the tomato cream sauce. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Now add the chicken stock. Let is boil for a few minutes (let some of the liquid evaporate), give it a stir or two. Next add the tomato sauce, stir until combined, then add the cream,stir until well combined. Add some salt and pepper to taste (you can do this at the very end once you add everything in the pot together). Turn heat to low and let simmer for a few minutes. Stir occasionally.
Once your pasta is done. Drain and add it to the tomato cream sauce. Add the chicken, parsley, and basil, stir it all together. Add some shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese.