3/3/11

Thursday's Favorite: Penne with Chicken and Pesto

Today's "Thursday's Favorite" recipe, Penne with Chicken and Pesto, comes from a wonderful lady named Julie. Here's what she had to say about it:

"My family all came together (my parents divorced when I was 17 after a 22 year marriage) when I remarried in the fall of 2005. It was such a heartfelt experience that my father suggested the next summer we all go on a vacation together. So the next summer all 14 of us (my parents and their spouses!) spend several days staying in cabins at Lake Texoma. It was one of the most incredible gifts I could have ever received. My dad, his wife, their daughter, my mom, her husband, my sister, her husband, their 5 children and my new husband and our 2 boys had a family vacation together! God is so good. We divided up the meals so each person took a dinner and I wanted something extra special. I scoured recipes the month before and tried this one and it was a hit! I like to add sliced mushrooms to it too. My family is grateful for good cooking and I am grateful for the gift of family who can come together. I can't help but think of what an amazing gift from God it was each time I make this meal."

And here is the recipe:
Penne with Chicken and Pesto
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1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into thin strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup pesto
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken and garlic until chicken is almost cooked. Reduce heat and stir in salt, pepper, cream, pesto and Parmesan cheese. Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside. Stir in cooked pasta
We all loved your recipe Julie! The only thing I did different was to add more parmesan cheese (because I love it!) and I thickened the sauce a bit with some cornstarch water because Rich is not a fan of thin sauce. Delicious! Thanks so much Julie!


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6 comments:

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said...

This dish looks really good. Thank you for sharing the recipe and that wonderful story. I love hearing how families can still come together. Thank you for your story Julie. There is not better gift than the gift of a loving family.

Anonymous said...

This looks easy and delicious. Thank you to your friend for another recipe for me to try.

Alice

Anna said...

Since we love pasta at our house, this dish looks like a winner! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing Julie and blogging, Tanya!

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