Sometimes it just takes a big bowl of pasta to feed your soul.
I'm not one to follow recipes from cookbooks. When I cook I usually just eye-ball everything. A handful here, a pinch there. In the end, it's all made with love!
Here's a recipe of a pasta dish I make quite often. It is very simple but always hits the spot. Sometimes I use different ingredients such as shrimp or scallops, or add lemons or white wine, but here are the basics.
Recipe: (please excuse my measuring skills as I hardly take out the measuring spoons when I cook, come to think of it, do I even have any measuring spoons?)
Feeds 2 people
Chicken breast cut into cubes
1 pint of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
1 cup of capillini pasta
2 cloves of garlic
handful of fresh basil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
Boil pasta for 4-5 mins in salted water. Reserve 1/2 a cup of pasta liquid. Drain.
Season the chicken with s+p. Turn the burner to medium-high heat. Saute chicken in 1 Tbsp. hot olive oil until browned. Remove from pan. Turn down the heat to medium. Add remaining olive oil and butter in pan. Add tomatoes, garlic and s+p, then saute for a few minutes. Don't burn the garlic! Add the chicken back in. Add the pasta water. Add pasta. Toss the ingredients for a few more minutes until the pasta absorbs most of the liquid. Add the basil last and turn off the heat.
I like to serve this dish with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh basil. Eat and enjoy.