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recipe: Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

One of my favorite favorite cooking blogs is Ree’s. The recipes simple and easy-to-follow, and actually include ingredients that I’ve HEARD OF and can FIND AT THE STORE, both steps that are very important, obviously. (Nothing like reading a recipe and going ‘What the heck is that? What aisle would that be in? Do they even SELL that at my Giant Eagle?’) And I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself laughing at her posts- anytime you can blend humor with cooking? You become my hero.

And the pictures she takes of the food while she’s cooking are just amazing. I love how it tells a story of the cooking process, rather than just listing the ingredients and listing the steps. So while I was cooking dinner the other night, I was inspired and thought ‘Hey! I’m gonna give that a shot!’ Now, my pictures aren’t nearly as awesome as Ree’s, and I don’t claim to be Expert In The Kitchen. But I can tell you one thing: I don’t know HOW she does this a few times a week. It was hard to take pictures of every step! I kept getting all wrapped up in the cooking process (and also taking breaks to wrangle a certain 16-month-old who kept wandering into the kitchen while I was working- didn’t she know Sesame Street was on TV?? GO WATCH ELMO, YOU LOVE ELMO!) But, it was fun. And yummy.

The dinner I made was actually a combination of a recipe from Ree’s blog with another recipe I had for Sun-dried Tomato Cream sauce with Chicken. The sun-dried tomato recipe was less pasta-y and more just bake the chicken breasts in the sauce and serve over pasta if desired. But I thought I’d mix it up and combine the 2 recipes to include the sun-dried tomatoes in the other sauce and see how it worked. Verdict? OH MY LORD, SO GOOD.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken
Makes: A CRAPLOAD. Seriously- Dan and I each had some for dinner, plus Maggie, and I had some for lunch yesterday and today, and there’s still probably 3 good helpings left. So it easily feeds 6 people.

Ingredients
1 box of short pasta (penne, rotini, etc)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion
minced garlic (as much as you like!)
olive oil
butter (just a little bit)
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
1-2 cups sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chopped basil
salt & pepper to taste

Okay, here we go!

Chop an onion and throw it in a saucepan with some olive oil and butter. (I don’t know how much, just ‘some’. heh.) Also- don’t forget the garlic! (I used minced jarred stuff because Me = Lazy Cheater.)

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Cook until soft, and then add the tomato sauce.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Oops. I’m a very messy cook.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Add the heavy cream- mix well. MMM, look how yummy!

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Throw in a bay leaf too (not sure the point of this, but it was in the other recipe so I added it.) Next up, the sun-dried tomatoes.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

I just got a small jar of them and then chopped them up a bit. I forgot to take a picture of how small I chopped them (see above, 16-month-old Wrangling.) so I tried to demonstrate here:

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

After it was all over, I decided that I should have made them a bit smaller. Note for next time.

You’re going to want to let the sauce simmer for a good 20-30 minutes. So while that’s going, get some water boiling for the pasta. I usually add some salt to the water (just a little bit though, don’t go crazy!)

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Next up, the chicken. You could always leave this out and use some sort of veggies instead, or use shrimp (as in Ree’s recipe) But I’m not a seafood eater, so I use chicken. Slice the chicken into strips.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Then throw them into a skillet with some olive oil. Oh- AND GARLIC. You can add a bit of black pepper here too.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Whoops! Water’s boiling! Better get the pasta in!

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

I used rotini pasta because, well, that’s just what was in the cupboard. Someone wasn’t paying attention when she made the grocery list last week. Usually I would use penne, but really I guess it’s just a personal preference.

Okay while that’s all going, we can chop the basil. Question: Is there anything that smells better than fresh basil? MMMM.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Now, here is where I will admit something: I have no idea if I chop my basil correctly. The term is ‘chiffonade’ and I have yet to determine if that’s just a fancy term for ‘chop it up into long strip-like pieces’ or if there’s a reason for it having a fancy French name. Basically, I just roll them up and chop away.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Sure smells good though.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Let’s check on that chicken.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

And the sauce? Looks good- give it a stir every once in a while.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

While I was waiting, I thought I’d chop some veggies and lettuce for a salad. I chopped and chopped and chopped lettuce for like AN HOUR, I swear.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Or not. heh.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Oooh the pasta’s done! Time to drain it.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Let’s add some pepper and the basil to the sauce now.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Warning- don’t move to fast here or you’ll drop the spoon and get sauce all over your shirt and the floor. I’m just sayin’.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

New spoon! Stirring the sauce!

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Let’s take out that bay leaf now. (Seriously, does this actually do anything or is it just another reason for me to spend $3 at the grocery store?)

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Okay, so the pasta is ready, sauce is done, chicken is cooked. Let’s mix it all together!

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

mmmmmm… excuse me while I drool.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

Top it with some grated parmesan cheese and a salad and you’ve got a yummy dinner.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

That phone there? That was from The Husband calling to say he was going to be late getting home from work. Again. After I slaved ALL DAY (or 40 minutes) making him this delicious meal. Bah.

At least Maggie and I enjoyed it.

nom nom nom

12 Comments

  1. Allison
    @AllisonB

    Yum! That sounds delish! And easy, which is always a plus. And if Maggie liked it, that’s another plus!

    (BTW, every time I try to click over to your site from my feed reader it freaks out and me and says “too many redirects.” Don’t know if that means something is wrong on your end or mine. But thought I’d let you know!)

    Allisons last blog post: Haircut…Again

    Aug 24 10:29 am


  2. Mel
    @overdramaticmel

    I’m drooling at the moment…I love Pioneer Woman’s recipes. . .

    Aug 24 11:50 am


  3. Melissa
    @sempremelissa

    *drool* This looks SO GOOD. I love PW’s cooking blog. You did a great job with putting your own spin on this recipe though! I must try it out on George soon! (I’m not holding out hope on Oliver trying it, but who knows.)

    And I’ve always been suspicious about the bay leaf myself! heh.

    Aug 24 1:17 pm


  4. janet
    @loveisblonde

    you totally rocked the PW style! She uses a tripod if that makes you feel any better? and her kitchen has more windows than probably my and your houses combined.

    also, that pasta looks DIVINE.

    Aug 24 11:50 pm


  5. Looks great!

    I also love Ree’s recipe portion of her blog though I’ve only tried the one (Crash Potatoes).

    michelles last blog post: Not Slowing Down

    Aug 25 8:06 am


  6. Jen
    @jayesel

    @janet: oh a tripod would DEFINITELY make things easier, heh. And yeah… I dream about a house with more windows :) (except the cleaning-them part. heh.)

    Aug 25 9:15 am


  7. Jen
    @jayesel

    @michelle: I haven’t tried the Crash Potatoes, but I made the Chicken Spaghetti (twice!), her Pico de Gallo/Guacamole, Zucchini Cakes… and a few others I’m probably forgetting :) I’ve been trying to make at least 1 or 2 new things every few weeks, and her blog makes that pretty easy, there’s lots to choose from!

    Aug 25 9:16 am


  8. I am such a picky eater, but omg this looks sooooo good (I needed to emphasize with extra “o’s” in so). And you made it look so easy! I’m going to have to try this this week! :) Yummy!

    Julies last blog post: I’ve been meaning to upload this…

    Aug 25 11:46 am


  9. Looks delicious. Do you think it’ll taste good without the chicken? I don’t think there’s much better than sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, basil and cream.

    Aug 25 5:37 pm


  10. I just did a cooking post a la Ree too! She’s caused a cooking/blogging revolution :)

    I might have to try this recipe. Anything with pasta is right up my alley.

    Aug 25 10:03 pm


  11. Jen
    @jayesel

    @PomJob: oh yes, I definitely think it would be just as good without the chicken. In fact, the last of the leftovers I had for lunch today only had like 2 little pieces of chicken left, and it was still very yummy. I agree- garlic, basil, and cream… mmmm…

    Aug 25 10:36 pm


  12. That looks amazing, I am a sundried tomato addict! It’s so nice that fall is here and it’s time for warm foods again!

    SavoryTvs last blog post: A warm and delicious savory shrimp soup with Chef Vic Lulla

    Sep 7 1:01 am