You know what they say about the best laid plans…..well tonight was supposed to be my cheese tortellini soup night, but one of the major ingredients some how escaped the shopping cart, so it was linguine instead!
This dish was really pretty tasty and very easy, although I think the cooking times were a bit off.
First you make the sauce. A food processor is incredibly helpful to chop the red onion and the basil.
Next I put salt and pepper on each side of the chicken and then cooked both sides for about 3 minutes, or until browned.
At this point, I took the stinky trash can (the trash that we put most of the perishables or nasty trash) out from under the sink to dispose of the chicken containers. Like any respectable cat, Winston popped right in.
Here s where I think the recipe could use a bit of adjusting. The recipe calls for the chicken to simmer for a few minutes uncovered. Well chicken breasts of any reasonable size do not cook through in only a few uncovered minutes. By the time they were even close to cooked, most of the sauce shown above had evaporated. Next time, I would slice the chicken into one inch thick medallions and cook them that way. I ended up resorting to this trick anyway. Since you have to cut the chicken to eat it and put it in the pasta anyway, no harm is done.
Here again is where I’d make a change. The recipe calls for 9 ounces of pasta. But there is a ton of extra sauce that you are supposed to serve on the side and who wants only 9 ounces of pasta? I am all for making the entire box and having lunch leftovers tomorrow! So I mixed the pasta, the chicken and the extra sauce and it was very very tasty.
My bf really liked it as well, especially with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.