Thursday, July 23, 2009

Creamy Semi-Dried Tomato and Mushroom Pasta

This is one of my favourites! It's quick and easy, plus it's very good the next day for lunch! This recipe yields about 4 servings.


  • Chicken breasts cut into strips (optional)
  • ~ a heaping 1/2 cup of semi-dried tomatoes (like sun-dried tomatoes, but a bit softer)
  • 3/4 of a jar of your favourite organic tomato sauce
  • ~3/4 or 1 cup of heavy/thickened cream
  • ~ 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • Organic whole-wheat penne pasta
What you do:

Cook the chicken any way you like. I think grilled would be best, but if you don't have a grill, then saute the chicken in a pan with butter and olive oil. Set aside.
  1. Start the pasta water boiling.
  2. Chop up the semi-dried tomatoes (or put in food processor) and saute in pan (same pan chicken was in).
  3. Once the tomatoes are going, add sliced mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are soft
  4. Add tomato sauce and cream (the sauce should be pink in colour).
  5. By now the pasta water should be boiling. Add the pasta to the water.
  6. Add the chicken to the sauce and simmer until pasta is ready
  7. Drain the pasta and mix the sauce and pasta together really well so that the pasta is coated with the sauce.
  8. Serve into bowls and top with a lot of freshly grated parmesan (none of that dried crap!)
  9. Enjoy with some crusty bread!!

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