Posted at 9:03 am
This evening I was wanting to make something that I had never made before. We ended up with this really great Italian dinner. Even Peter Pumpkin sat there saying, “this is really good and I even like the asparagus”. Will wonders never cease. He is not a huge fan of mushrooms or asparagus and so for him to ask for seconds made me so proud. It was so easy and actually a great dish for serving company during the holidays. Plus…it was pretty. A dear friend of mine, Reny gave me this dish years ago and it is still one of my favorites to serve Italian food.
2 tables unsalted butter
1 tables olive oil
2 chicken breast, chopped into 1″ pieces
1/2 chopped sweet white onion, diced
8 oz fresh mushrooms
1 bunch of fresh asparagus (about 10-12), trimming and using just the tips.
2 cloves garlic or 1 teas garlic powder
1-2 cups bottled Alfredo Sauce (I used Classico Extra Creamy Alfredo)
1 cup pasta water
salt and pepper to taste.
3 cups cooked spaghetti (I used angel hair pasta)
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
Fresh chopped parsley (opt)
Heat oil and butter in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and raw chicken pieces and fry until chicken is almost done. Add the cleaned mushrooms to skillet along with the asparagus tips. Add garlic and salt and pepper to mixture. Stir, cooking over medium heat until chicken is well cooked and mushrooms, onions and asparagus is beginning to get tender. Add the Alfredo sauce. Turn down heat to low and continue to cook while you cook the pasta. When pasta is done, and before draining, add 1 cup of the pasta water to the chicken mixture. Lightly grease a a baking dish with oil or butter. Place the cooked pasta in the baking dish and pour the chicken Alfredo mixture over the pasta. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the mixture and bake in preheated 350 oven for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is beginning to bubble. Serve with garlic bread and salad.
Posted at 11:02 am
They just keep coming. Just when you think that no one can invent another way to bake chicken, but here it is folks, a new recipe that really is a great recipe. Our daughter, Christi, who lives in Orlando texted this to me a few days ago. I went to the store, have bought the chicken and am making it tonight. She assured me that it is just so moist and yummy. She is a teacher and a mom of our sweet little Kenley (of course you knew that we would finally be given a granddaughter, but lives on the other side of the world, I mean Florida) After our 4 grandsons, I guess you don’t have to wonder about how many pink dresses are flying over your heads right now, being sent to her from California. Anyway, sorry, I got carried away. Will update you tomorrow as to how amazing this recipe is after we indulge tonight on this new treasure.
1 lb of chicken (I am using chicken breasts)
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup parmesan
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Spray a baking dish with Pam. Mix mayo and parmesan cheese. Place chicken in baking dish and spread the mayo mixture on top of chicken. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes, (depending on which chicken pieces you use, breasts always take a little longer) Christi assures us that this is the BEST and moist chicken.
She also said that you could use plain Greek yogurt, adding a little lemon juice to it before adding the parmesan cheese, to save calories and fat content.
Posted at 7:06 pm
We were up at Big Bear, the weekend before it became the focus of a manhunt for a cop killer which I’m sure you have heard about.
One of the friends up there one night cooked meatball soup and pesto bread. It was wonderful. She made little meatballs and dropped them in a hug pot filled with a tomato broth, with added chicken broth with a package of frozen Italian Mixed veggies. She then whipped up this amazing pesto bread. Very simple, but so good, I could have eaten 3 or 4 slices. She just took ordinary white bread and spread a good brand of pesto over each slice. Then just grated fresh parmesan cheese over this and broiled it until the cheese was melted and slightly browned. Wow, we all were just in heaven, the bread was so simple, but oh so delicious…Try it, you won’t be disappointed.