Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pasta Night

I think most families have a quick and easy pasta dish that regularly features on their weekly menu. Pasta always makes a satisfying meal after a long day of work. This pasta dish is one of our regulars. It has all of our favourite flavours - basil, garlic, lemon and chilli - and can be pulled together in under 30 mins. Win! What are some of your favourite ways to do pasta?

We've recently been trying out a gluten-free diet, so this week we prepared this dish with rice penne. We couldn't even taste the difference, so if you're gluten intolerant give this recipe a go!

Chicken Pasta with Rocket and Lemon

250g pasta (penne or fusilli work well)
1 chicken breast, cut in small chunks
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
pinch of dried chilli flakes
2 tablespoons basil pesto
2 cups of fresh baby rocket (arugula)
grated parmesan, to serve
  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, fry up the chicken pieces in a little oil over medium-high heat. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until browned.
  3. Add the garlic, chilli and lemon zest, and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the chicken has cooked through.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
  5. Add the pasta and reserved liquid to the frypan with the lemon juice and pesto. Stir to evenly combine.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and add the rocket. Stir over medium heat until rocket has just started to wilt.
  7. Serve into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Serves 2

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