Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Amazing Pasta

Ok, how often do I blog about amazing pasta? I feel like the answer to that is fairly often.... But what's a girl supposed to do when that Pioneer Woman keeps shooting out pasta recipes that knock your socks off? She's supposed to make them, eat them, and write about them.

The most amazing pasta dish for today....Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta.

Grilled Chicken
Chicken Breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp dijon mustard
fresh basil
Combine all ingredients in large plastic bag and mix. Allow to marinate for 1-24 hours. Grill!

Lemon Basil Pasta
1 lb pasta (cavatappi is my favorite!)
4 tbsp butter
3 lemons, juiced (I substituted with pre-squeezed lemon juice)
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup half and half
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil
Cook pasta according to package until done and drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. In the pasta pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add the lemon juice, whipping cream, and half and half. Stir until hot. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add pasta water if needed to thin out sauce. Add pasta and fresh basil to sauce and combine. Serve with chicken!

This pasta dish was perfection and I will tell you why. It has such a light flavor perfect for this time of year....and it is very filling. And it tastes amazing. And it's so quick and easy! How can you go wrong with those ingredients? You can't. We ate it so fast there was no time for picture taking...

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