Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pasta Fresca

This is one of my favorite easy meals to make for dinner. For a while, any time I went to Noodles & Company, I always got pasta fresca. My only complaint was that they never had enough veggies in it. After a while, I figured I would just make it at home because it would be cheaper and I could put as many veggies in it as I wanted to. And I like making dinner at home because I can make it as healthy as I want.



Pasta Fresca

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INGREDIENTS FOR PASTA:
  • 1/2 a box of whole grain pasta in any shape you like 
  • 2 chicken breasts (or whatever other parts you have)
  • 1 medium onion (usually we use red, but we had a bunch of white ones this time)
  • 1/2-1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes depending on how much you like tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups of baby spinach packed
  • Parmesean cheese to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of Crazy Jane's Mixed Up Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • Salt & Pepper 
INGREDIENTS FOR FRESCA SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine (I usually use chardonnay or resling)
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic (I know it seems like a lot, but garlic is awesome so just do it)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • On a plate, spread out the flour and add the Crazy Jane's, salt, and pepper to the flour. Mix thoroughly
  • Cover the chicken parts in the flour mixture and put in a lightly greased pan to bake

  • Once oven is preheated, put chicken into the oven and bake for 45 minutes (chicken should be at 165° when it is fully cooked)
  • Start prepping the veggies--cut the tomatoes in half, and chop the onions into large pieces

  • Make the fresca sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisking together. Don't worry because they won't be completely emulsified. 

  • It doesn't take long to cook the rest of the stuff for this meal, so you can take your time after this.
  • Fill a large pot with water and put it on the stove to make it boil. For me, getting a large pot of water to boil takes forever. So you can relax while that's happening. 
  • Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook for about 7 minutes
  • Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside
  • Once the chicken only has about 15 minutes left on it, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. 
  • Add the onions and cook until just about clear (5ish minutes)
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for about 3 minutes
  • Add the pasta, spinach, and fresca sauce and cook until spinach is limp. About this time, the chicken is done. 

  • Plate up your pasta and top with chicken. Grate parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:


This makes about 4 meals and I usually split my chicken breasts in half so I have enough for leftovers





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