POLLO ITALIANO PASTA

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This easy pasta recipe is a calming cooking meditation for a relaxing Saturday evening.

Easy, because it consists of ingredients that are already eagerly waiting for their turn, in most home pantries. No extra trips to the grocery store!

Another good thing about this and other pasta dishes is that if there are left-overs, the carbohydrates in the pasta affects those with sugar sensitivities far less, the next day.

I often make dishes like this and save them in the fridge for the next day’s dinner for just that reason.

This can also be made ahead of time and frozen before baking. Then, just pop it in the oven whenever you’re ready. No prep, all you have to do, is serve and enjoy.

Or, once its frozen, cut it into twelve individual pieces and wrap each one in parchment paper. Put all twelve in a large freezer bag. Just bake it at 400° for 30 minutes and you’ve got 12 single-servings of homemade lasgne for whenever you want.

Another variation is to bake these in small crocks, as individual servings, for dinner parties.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1.5 Cups

Servings: 12

Amount per serving

Calories

340

% Daily Value*

Total Fat: 11g

17%

   Saturated Fat 3.1g

16%

Cholesterol 65mg

22%

Sodium 275mg

11%

Total Carbohydrate 36g

12%

   Dietary Fiber 5g

21%

   Total Sugars 4g

Protein 24g

Vitamin A 

14%

Vitamin C

64%

Calcium

14%

Iron

10%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories per day is used for general nutrition advice.

Total Prep Time: 45 Minutes

Servings in Recipe: 6-10

Serving Size:  1.5 Cups

POLLO ITALIANO PASTA

INGREDIENTS

pasta

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 1/2 cups water (A bit more can be added, if needed)
  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 3 tbsp dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Pollo Italiano Pasta Ingredients

POLLO ITALIANO PASTA

DIRECTIONS

pasta

  • Season cubed chicken with Italian herbs, salt and pepper to taste
  • Heat oil in a deep cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until lightly browned
  • Add onions, peppers and garlic. Cook and stir until onions are almost translucent
  • Stir in soup and water, heat to a boil
  • Stir in pasta and lemon juice
  • Reduce heat to medium. Boil gently, covered, stirring often, until pasta is just al dente
  • In a separate bowl, mix cheeses with bread crumbs; sprinkle over pasta mixture in the pan
  • Broil in oven, 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly golden. 
  • Present the warm skillet at the table and let your family serve themselves.  Enjoy!
Pollo Italiano Pasta Directions

POLLO ITALIANO PASTA

SUGGESTED SIDES & PAIRINGS

SALADS

Chopped Salad with Lemon Caper Dressing

Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds

BREADS

Balsamic Bruschetta

Buttered Garlic Knots

WINE

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Castello di Ama

ALTERNATE INGREDIENTS

  • Can be made without chicken for a vegan version
  • Penne > Small Shells or Rotini
  • Tomato Soup > Crushed Tomatoes
  • Bread Crumbs > Panko Crumbs

RECIPE VARIATIONS

  • Pre-make and freeze for fast weeknight meals
  • Freeze, then cut into pieces, wrap in parchment for single servings
  • Separate into individual crocks before the final broil, for dinner parties

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