Monday, April 28, 2014

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Pasta

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

     It was another weekend and I was again craving a homemade pasta dish.  I didn't want to just do another marinara or something traditional or handed down through my family.  I had this great idea to do something bold.  Something with roasted peppers or something on the spicy side came to mind.  I didn't use a recipe or any suggestions from family or friends.  The flavors I used just seemed to sound good together.  The roasted peppers were just enough to give the hint that they were in there.  The herbs were not overpowering and you could tell they were mingling around.  The spinach added just that right amount of texture that you need.  I added chicken to give the dish that extra special quality. Overall the dish was superb and I think it has become a new family classic.  Please enjoy my Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Pasta. 

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 bundle of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 tbs thyme
  • Fresh pasta
  • Salt/pepper

Start by roasting the whole red peppers under a broiler or on a grill until black on all sides.  Remove and place in a brown paper bag to steam. Remove the peppers after 5-10 minutes and peel the skins off.  Remove the inside and seeds of the peppers.  Dice up and place in a blender or food processor and pulse until creamy. 

     In a large skillet drizzle some olive oil. Cook the chicken breasts until brown on both sides.  Remove and set aside.  In same skillet sauté the onion until translucent.  Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant.  Toss in the spinach and sauté until wilted. Pour in the chicken stock, creamy roasted peppers, and crushed tomatoes.  Bring to a simmer.  Mix in the oregano and thyme.  Meanwhile dice up your chicken into bite size pieces and place back into skillet.  Stir in the cream, cover, and simmer on low for about 20 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over your favorite homemade pasta.  Serves 4-5.