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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Tagliatelle With Spinach & Chicken in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Serves 4 | Easy | Healthy

Tagliatelle Pasta is one of my favourite pastas to cook. I like that it is wider than fettuccine, it adds a fullness to the bite, with more ground for sauce absorption. Tagliatelle is fabulous with tomato sauce, and also great with white sauce as well. I have gone tomato sauce with this one, and find the flavours mesh really well together. The earthiness of the spinach, against the sweet sourness of the tomato sauce with the mildness of chicken and the hint of a bite from the pasta, all coated with Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black peppers make it a heavenly experience.

I find pasta dishes to be really comforting, and give me a warm feeling. I like to go for pastas and noodles on days when I am tired and looking to unwind. I also like to offer at least one pasta dish on most of the menus I go for when hosting a dinner at home. I find that most people enjoy eating pasta, and will definitely find something they like. This recipe is one that my guests love, and one that I always like to have. For a different presentation you can layer the pasta, spinach & tomato sauce chicken as shown in picture. But this dish can also be served with the pasta, sauce and chicken all tossed together, and served in a nice large bowl.

You Need
250g dried or fresh Tagliatelle
2 Chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
100 g baby spinach leaves
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp dried oregano
Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
dried Bird's eye chili slithers (optional)
Parmesan cheese shavings

Slice chicken breasts, and rinse with water. Pat dry and sprinkle with Balsamic Vinegar and set aside.

Cook Pasta in boiling water with dried Oregano & crushed garlic till Al Dente.

While Pasta is cooking, heat the Tomato sauce in a wide pan over high heat till bubbly. Add the chicken slices and stir to cover with sauce. cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken slices are cooked through. Add the dried chili slithers if using and toss to mix.

To serve, drain the pasta and place on serving plates, sprinkle with black pepper. Top with Spinach leaves then with chicken & tomato Sauce. Sprinkle with black pepper and Parmesan shavings.
Serve warm and tuck in :)

For more on Pasta, check out my post Understanding Pasta - All There Is To Know

Do you have a pasta dish that you always like to cook? When entertaining at home, do you choose pasta as an offering on your menu? Leave me a comment and let me know...