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Thursday 25 June 2009

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

Last weekend, The Lovely Wife went for her old school reunion. One of her close friends organised the brunch meeting so she left early in the morning to help out. The kids and I started off our 'Mummy free day' by going to the supermarket to get some ingredients for their choice of lunch. No surprises that they wanted a pasta. I sometimes wonder why the kids love their pasta so much!

I had decided I was going to make a creamy tomato based pasta and there was some chicken in the fridge as well as some capsicum. So all we really needed to get was some mushrooms and a few other groceries.

I was also busy doing the Daring Baker's challenge for this month - but of course I cant tell you what it is yet! So in between doing this and that for the challenge, I made this pasta sauce.

4 cloves garlic
1 large onion
2 bay leaves
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
500g Chicken breast - cut into strips
200 g portobello mushrooms - cut into strips
3 yellow capsicum - cut into strips
1 can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup cream
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside. Sautee garlic, onion, bay leaves and oregano till fragrant. Add in chicken and cook well. Add in mushrooms and mix well. continue cooking until juices are released. Add in can of tomatoes and allow to simmer. Add in capsicum, mixing well. Pour in the cream and mix well. Allow to simmer. Add a little corn flour mixed with water if needed to thicken the mixture.

I served this with Spaghetti although I contemplated using Penne. I think I made the right choice as the Spaghetti went really well with this sauce.

The dish turned out better than I expected and the kids really loved it. They said this was one of the best pasta's they had ever eaten but I take that with a pinch of salt simply because they were really hungry. We all know that food tastes better when you are really hungry!

The Lovely Wife came home later in the afternoon and she admitted she was a tad hungry as she had eaten brunch rather early and then had only had coffee after that. She proceeded to eat the pasta sauce with some bread and she too declared it a winner in her books.

Well, if everyone in my family loved it, that means it has got to be pretty darn good right?!

It's been a while since I contributed to Presto Pasta Nights the brainchild of my friend Ruth and hosted this week by Kait of Pots and Plots so this is my contribution this time around.


Anh said...

Dharm, it's so cute and what a great father you are, cooking for your little ones like that. :) Your children will never forget all the fab dishes you cook for them!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can see why pasta would be the kids favourite Dharm:D

maybelles mom said...

my daughter loves pasta too--and you are a very good husband to give the lovely wife some time off to be with her friends.

The Food Hunter said...

This looks yummy!

Joanne said...

I am a 22-year old who still loves my pasta. I have to have it at LEAST once a week otherwise I start going into withdrawal mode ;). This looks like a great pasta sauce.

Deeba PAB said...

Ready to adopt Dharm! How lovely...I'd better show this to my hub. Maybe it'll set him pottering around a bit! My kids love pasta & chicken too, & this is a great recipe!

Kristin said...

It's no wonder your kids love pasta so much, they have a great chef at their disposal! Stopping by from PPNs.

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Katie said...

It does sound like a winner! I never think of adding cream to tomato sauces... Foolish woman!