Pasta for the Soul

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
Salt
Pepper

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.

1 comment:

  1. Wow that dish looks so amazing. Simple enough I am gonna have to try it. BTW your pictures are great!

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