Thursday, April 9, 2009

Butterfly Pasta

Eek. Forgot to take a picture, sorry!!

This is a pasta based on another dish I make, "Butterfly Chicken". I made this up the other night, on a whim, and it turned out great. It was a quick dish to make, so it's great for those nights where you don't have time to fuss over dinner. Try it and let me know what you think!!

You will need:
chicken breasts
a whole lemon
chicken broth
cream, Shirley J cream sauce base, fat free half & half, or evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese
whole wheat pasta

-Make your chicken breasts how ever you prefer. Grill, bake, broil, pan sear, flour and saute in olive's up to you! This dish is good with whole chicken breasts, or you can dice them up into pieces---also a great way to stretch your dollar!

(If you pan sear your chicken breasts, use the same pan, without cleaning it out, for this next step. )

-Slice your mushrooms and toss them in a skillet with a little oil--if you used a skillet for your chicken, use what is leftover, plus the brown goodies on the bottom of the pan. Stir and cook your mushrooms for a minute. Squeeze a whole lemon over the mushrooms and continue to stir.

-Next, add about 1 cup of chicken broth to the pan. A little more, a little less, it's up to you. I never measure anything when I'm cooking, so I'm no help! Do what looks right. Continue to cook for a bit until it starts to combine. Slowly add in 1/2 c. cream (or Shirley J cream sauce) to the pan. Combine and cook until slightly thickened. It won't be super thick, just a nice light sauce.

-At this point, taste your sauce. Salt & pepper according to taste.

If you diced your chicken, you can add it into the sauce. If not, serve over whole wheat pasta and chicken breast. Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese (not the Parmesan dust in the green can, the real stuff!).


***Shirley J, fat free half & half or evaporated milk are both great substitutes for cream.
***Also, adding frozen peas to the sauce/gravy once it is cooked would be great too! I didn't, because I live in a family of pea haters. I have to enjoy them all by my lonesome.

Things I used today:
Shirley J cream sauce base

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