Friday, July 25, 2008

My Perfect Pasta

Sometimes you're lucky enough to come across a recipe that includes all of your favorite things, and when I saw this recipe on Lani's blog it was love at first sight. Pasta? Good. Broccoli? Good. Sun-dried tomatoes? Good. Creamy sauce? Goooood. (Bonus: Name the TV show this quote references. Go!) I've been adding sausage to a lot of my meals recently so I decided to go with grilled chicken for this recipe instead, but otherwise I kept everything the way it was. Why mess with perfection? Plus it gave me a chance to use the homemade sun-dried tomatoes we made earlier this week. This pasta was so good! Even Joe, who doesn't really like broccoli or sun-dried tomatoes, really enjoyed it. And it was super easy. Can't beat that!

Side note: Why can't I spell broccoli? Every single time I type it out I misspell it. Just an observation. And thank goodness for spellcheck.

Chicken, Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Pasta of choice (I used half a box of whole wheat spaghetti)
3 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes (if packed in oil, drain as much as possible)
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup light cream cheese
1 cup chopped broccoli
Parmesan cheese

Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, heat a large pan on medium heat and cook chicken. When the chicken is mostly cooked through, add onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and saute for 1 minute. Add broth, wine and cream cheese. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then turn to medium-low. When pasta has about 4 minutes left of cooking time, add chopped broccoli. Drain noodles and broccoli and toss pasta with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.


Joelen said...

The combo of flavors here is a sure fire hit. Looks great!

Lauren said...


Jam? Good. Beef? Gooooooooood.

I heart Joey.

Oh, and this looks good! :)

Angie said...

Hmm... all together that sounds really good! PS - the show you reference is Friends.... Joey and Rachels nasty trifle!

Cate said...

Yum! I love that it uses light cream cheese instead of something heavier to make it creamy.

Bridget said...

Ha! I have the exact same problem with broccoli....wishing this comment box had spell check!!! :)

Elizabeth said...

That looks great!

Katrina said...

That looks really yummy.
Oh, and I knew if was Friends from the beef trifle, too.

Mollie said...

We say that from Friends all the time... beef? good. jam? good. Custard? goooooood. :) And I also had to comment because I think we have the same plates!

Looks yummy and I'm way jealous of your sundried 'matos!