Friday, 19 January 2018

Cooking Something New: Creamy Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Pasta is a family favourite in our household. I LOVE pasta probably a lot more than I should but luckily my daughter does too. It's one of the only things she will eat at the moment as she goes through her fussy eater stage. Trouble is we're not very creative when it comes to our pasta dishes. Spaghetti Bolognese, Philadelphia Carbonara and Lasagna are pretty much the only pasta dishes we tend to eat. We've started pushing the boat out a little by trying this One Pot Alfredo we found on Buzzfeed but last night I pushed myself a little further and tried a recipe giving to me from a friend. Creamy basil and roasted red pepper pasta. Here's the recipe details and how I got on...

Recipe:

2 cups penne pasta, uncooked.
300g jar of roasted red peppers (drained well)
125g Philadelphia light cream cheese spread.
1/2 cup skim milk.
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves.
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese.
500g boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces. 

Instructions:

Cook the pasta as directed on the packet and put to one side.
Place peppers, cream cheese, milk, basil and parmesan cheese in a blender; cover and blend until smooth then put aside.
Cook chicken in a large skillet on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in the sauce you set aside earlier.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add cooked penne pasta to chicken mixture and stir gently until well blended. 
Serve immediately. 

My experience:

I have to admit, this meal was very easy to make and it tasted amazing! Sadly Vala refused to even taste it because it wasnt Spaghetti Bolognese but Jordan and my best friend Adam gave it their approval. Jordan even went back for seconds. Looks like this will be a regular meal in our household. Such an easy meal to make; the hardest part is getting miss fussy eater to try it.



Until next time,
Alli xo

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