I had today off, so I did what I do best, sat in front of the TV and watched Food Network for 95% of the day. As shows came on, I'd surf online to look at the recipes and save those I liked. One of the earliest recipes I liked the look of, a Sara Moulton recipe from Sara's Secrets.
Sara's plan was to get already prepared ingredients at the store, go home and prepare a quick dinner. I used that as a guideline...I actually prepared most of the stuff at home myself, that way I could fully control the quality of the ingredients. Ms. Moulton bought roasted red peppers. I roasted my own. She used prepared pesto from a jar, I whipped up my own. She bought a rotisserie chicken, I had a bunch of chicken in the freezer from a sale at Giant, so I poached my own. She used fresh fettucine, so did I! It's really simple and I highly recommend trying this recipe!
Here is Sara's recipe:
Fresh Fettuccine with Pulled Rotissiere Chicken, Pesto and Roasted Peppers
2/3 cup basil pesto
9-ounce package fresh fettuccine
1 TB olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups pulled cooked chicken meat
2 cups sliced roasted red bell peppers
1/2 cup pitted olives, halved lengthwise
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for the table
Put the pesto in a large bowl.
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta water. Whisk the pasta water into the pesto.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring until soft and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken, peppers, and olives and cook, stirring until hot, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the pasta and cheese to the pesto and toss to combine. Add the chicken mixture and combine. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and serve immediately. Pass Parmesan at the table.
AGAIN, Blogger is acting up, so no pictures yet. Perhaps tomorrow?!!? Grrrrr.