Wednesday, July 10, 2013

One Pan Meals: Ravioli Alfredo

Ravioli, broccoli and chicken floating in a rich, creamy
Alfredo sauce. Topped with parmesan and served with sliced,
seasoned tomatoes. Add some garlic bread and you've got a meal!
Okay, so technically it's not ravioli, it's agnolotti, I get it at my regular
grocery store, they have a wonderful selection of fresh pastas that save
me lots of time in the kitchen. And those jars of roasted red bell peppers
are perfect for adding a dash of color and flavor.
1 package fresh stuffed pasta        
1 jar prepared Alfredo sauce         
1 large chicken breast                   
1 handful sliced fresh mushrooms
1 small head fresh broccoli           
roasted red bell pepper
olive oil, salt, pepper
First things first, get out a big pan, like a dutch oven and fill it with
water (a couple quarts), add about a teaspoon of salt and turn it up
on high to bring it to a full boil.
While you're waiting for the water to come to a boil, quarter and season
a couple small tomatoes. Season to your taste with what you like, I often
drizzle a few drops of olive oil, then use salt, pepper and garlic salt.
 Remove three or four pepper strips from the jar and place them on a
paper towel to drain. Separate your broccoli into bite size florets.
And slice the chicken into bite size pieces as well.
 Cook your pasta according to package directions

 Essentially, you drop it into the boiling water, wait for it to come
back to a boil and cook it until it's tender. Remove the pasta with a
slotted spoon and place it in a strainer, don't dump the water, we
need to blanch the broccoli!
 When the water comes back to a full boil, add the broccoli, let it come
back to a boil. The broccoli should be bright green and still crispy, this may
take 30 seconds or 3 minutes, depends on the size, temperature and quality
of the broccoli. When it's done, drain the whole thing over the pasta
in the drainer. While the pan is still hot, set it back on the burner and add
about a tablespoon of olive oil.
 Season the chicken bites with salt and pepper and when the oil
is hot, add the chicken and sauté it on all sides.
 When it's almost done add the mushrooms and red peppers and
cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
Now turn the heat down, add the broccoli
 and the pasta
 and stir gently to mix
 Pour the sauce over
 Mix gently and heat it through. Taste and adjust seasonings
as necessary
Garnish with your sliced seasoned tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
Serve it with garlic bread and you've got a one pan meal!
You can really tailor this to your own tastes. Add garlic, onions, spinach, basil,  use
a different sauce, in place of chicken use sausage, feel free to make it your very own.

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