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Katie’s Chicken Rigatoni with Marsala Cream Sauce

I haven’t posted in a while, we’ve spent 3 weeks either traveling or entertaining guests and have had very few home-cooked meals. I love eating out at restaurants, but sometimes just want to be in control of what I’m eating and make it my way.
This is a recipe inspired by one of those restaurant meals, but made my way. I had lunch at an Italian restaurant in Minneapolis with my friend Katie specifically so we could try this dish – her favorite! She asked me if I could figure out the recipe and make it for her, so I said I’d try. Here’s my go at it and I think it turned out pretty well! So this one’s for Katie – hope you enjoy!

Katie’s Rigatoni with Chicken in Marsala Cream Sauce
4 T. olive oil
2 large sweet onions
2 heads garlic
2  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
8 ounces white button mushrooms
1 cup marsala wine
2 cups white wine
1 T. chicken base
16 ounces rigatoni pasta
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

To Make:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a very large dutch oven or wok, heat 2 T. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and stir to coat. Let onions cook just until translucent (about 3 minutes). Turn down the heat to medium-low and let the onions continue to caramelize. Stir occasionally.
Meanwhile, peel the outer paper of the heads of garlic, leaving the skin that covers the cloves. Chop off the tips of the bulbs, leaving an exposed flat area. Peel the remaining tips, and set aside. Drizzle the bulbs of garlic with olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
Quarter the mushrooms lengthwise.
When the onions are nearly done (medium brown in color), add the mushrooms and garlic tips to the pan. Cook until mushrooms are lightly browned.

Turn the heat up to high and add the wines. Make sure to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken base to the pan.
After the sauce is reduced slightly (about 3 minutes), add the chicken pieces and cook until nearly done.
Check the level of liquids at this point. You will be adding the pasta to the pan, but want the liquids to just barely cover the pasta. If there is too much liquid, continue cooking to reduce it further before adding the pasta. If there is not enough liquid, you can add boiling water to bring it to the level needed. (You do not want to much liquid or the sauce will be runny). Add the pasta to the pan and cook just until tender.
Remove from the heat, stir in cream, butter and parmesan cheese. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the baked bulbs into a dish, mash them and add to the sauce.
Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve.

4-5 servings


March 30, 2008 at 1:40 am Leave a comment

Pasta Niçoise

It’s a lovely thing to find fresh tuna, and I love to come up with ways to eat it and keep it’s perfect flavor.  This pasta dish is the perfect thing for a light meal or even a picnic.  It’s inspired by the famous Salade Niçoise of France.  It comes together quickly and will disappear just as fast!

Pasta Niçoise
2 six oz. tuna steaks
1 C. green beans
2 carrots (peeled and cut into matchsticks)
1 eight oz. can of white beans
1 C. mixed baby salad greens
1 C. cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 C. whole-wheat tagliatelle pasta (cooked and drained)
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. cracked black pepper
3 Tbs. lemon juice
6 Anchovy filets (finely minced)
Sea salt to taste

To Make:
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Place green beans and carrots in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove, drain, and flush with cold water until cool. In a large bowl, toss together white beans, green beans, cherry tomatoes and carrots. Salt and Pepper tuna steaks. Heat 1 T. olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna steaks and sear about 1 minute on each side. (Should be browned on outside and pink in center). Remove tuna from pan and set aside. For the dressing, add remaining 1 T. olive oil, lemon juice, and anchovy filets to the skillet and cook for 2 mins. Stir in pasta to heat through. To serve, place mixed salad greens on each plate. Top with vegetables, pasta and add tuna to top. Season with sea salt to taste.

2 servings

January 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment


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