Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chicken Pasta Bolognese... last week I was shopping at Schnucks. The one by my work has the little kiosk where they cook samples and have the recipe cards for them. I always sample but never take the bait to buy the cards. WELL, knowing we were in a dinner slump, I thought what the hey and I bought all the ingredients for Chicken Pasta Bolognese. It was a hit at our house so I thought I'd share:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package ground chicken (I used ground turkey)
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 medium tomatoes (about 8 ounces each), chopped (I used canned tomatoes because I can't chop tomatoes for the life of me!)
1 cup less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup orzo pasta (apparently Barillo makes some for cheap, I could not find so this was EXPENSIVE!)
1 small zucchini, coarsely grated
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, garlic, salt and pepper and cook 4 minutes, breaking up chicken into small pieces with side of spoon. Stir in tomatoes, broth and uncooked orzo; cover and cook 6-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in zucchini, basil and cheese; cook 1-2 minutes to heat through. Toss until well combined.

Final product:

It definitely isn't the prettiest dish so when Matt walked in the door and saw it, he turned his nose up but we were both pleasantly surprised how delish it was. Matt didn't even add anything to it which is HUGE! We added some extra cheese on top of our own servings. Total for like a cup, it's about 360 calories so that's not bad. Definitely two thumbs up from the Mr. and Mrs. at our house!


Slamdunk said...

Nice one then. We live on pasta combos here.

Angie said...

oooo I'll have to try that!

Britni said...

I'm excited to try this... Especially since I was able to find the super cheap Barilla orzo... Thanks for the heads up!