I made up a recipe last night that I just had to share with you all, because it was yummy, and because, I will admit, I am quite proud of myself and wanted to share this with folks who could appreciate my accomplishment. My husband, I think, is tired of hearing me sing my own praises.
So, here is how I did it.
1.) Thawed a bag of frozen chicken tenderloins, then marinated them for several hours in Italian dressing. Then cut the tenderloins into bite-sized pieces.
2.) Cut up several bunches of broccoli and steamed them.
3.) Cooked a 1 lb. package of penne pasta. Then drained it.
4.) Heated 1/4 cup of EVOO (does anyone not know what that is thanks to Rachael Ray?) and stir-fried the chicken til it was cooked through, placed in LARGE bowl with the steamed broccoli
5.) Heated another 1/4 cup of EVOO and placed a large can of diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, 1.5 cups of chicken broth, several cloves of fresh garlic that I had chopped fine, and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning. I heated this through and then let it simmer for a few minutes.
6.) Finally, I tossed the pasta with the broccoli and chicken, then dumped the sauce I had simmered on top and tossed it all together. We ate big, steaming bowls with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. It made enough to feed us all and still have plenty left over for lunch.
This sounds long and involved, but it wasn't. The whole thing took me less than thirty minutes to do! Try it at your house if your family loves Italian-type dishes.
When my kids asked me what it's called, I quipped "Christmas Pasta!" As the red tomatoes and green broccoli do indeed make the meal quite Christmas-y! Let me know if you try it!