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Chicken gorgonzola pasta with pine nuts

February 22, 2010

My mom will be so proud.

One of my New Years’ resolutions was to make more time for cooking. The other day, I was at the grocery store and didn’t have a recipe for dinner. I was famished and wanted to start off with something that wouldn’t take too much time to figure out. I remembered that I had downloaded a free Epicurious recipe app on my iPhone and browsed through. I came across a recipe for Pasta with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, gorgonzola and pine nuts. With minor substitutions, here were the results!

I think it turned out pretty good. Gorgonzola is a strong cheese, and not everyone might be fans of it. I’m a cheese lover though, and the sun dried tomato addition made it taste really tangy.

Here’s the recipe (with my substitutions in brackets):

Pasta with Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts

* 1/ 2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (2 tablespoons oil reserved)
* 2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 9 ounces total)
* 1 pound gnocchi pasta or medium shell pasta [I wish I could find gnocchi pasta at the grocery store! I settled for bow tie pasta]
* 4 garlic cloves, minced [I thought I had garlic at home but didn’t, so I used ground garlic instead]
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
* 1/2 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
* 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 2 ounces)
* 1/4 cup chopped prosciutto [I didn’t use prosciutto!]
* 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


Heat 1 tablespoon oil reserved from tomatoes in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet and sauté until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate and cool; do not clean skillet. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta; transfer to large bowl.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon tomato oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté until tender, about 1 minute. Add sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, basil, broth, cheese and prosciutto to skillet and bring to boil.

Add sauce to pasta and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts and serve. The recipe says it serves 4, but I think it’s more like 2-3.

Have you tried a new recipe recently? Let me know your thoughts!


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