Friday, September 23, 2011

Asiago Sauce Pasta

Here's part one of Food Friday, 9/23.  I decided to post two recipes again, but break them up so it's not such a long post.

I came across this recipe on Cookaholic Wife and it sounds absolutely irresistible.  I altered it a bit from the original (simply because neither of us eat mushrooms) and also because I realized once I started cooking that I didn't have heavy cream.

Asiago Cream Sauce Pasta

  • Approx 1 lb skinless chicken breasts
  • Garlic salt
  • 1 box penne pasta (I used Smart Taste enriched)
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups asiago cheese, shredded
  • 6 Tsbp butter (2/3 cup)
  • 1-3/4 cup milk (I used non-fat)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (I used low sodium)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbs. water
  • 1/8 lb prosciutto, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Optional: 1 cup+ frozen peas, thawed and cooked

  • Cut chicken into small pieces (approx 1"x3") and season with garlic salt
  • In medium-sized skillet, pour on olive oil into pan (use medium-high heat)
  • Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked thoroughly and place on in bowl or plate and cover with aluminium foil to keep warm.
  • Boil large pot of water. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In the skillet, turn the heat on medium-low and add 2 Tbsp butter. Once the butter has melted, add the prosciutto and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until prosciutto is cooked (will be slightly "harder")

  • Once skillet items are cooked, put aside on low heat.
  • In a medium pot, melt 6 Tbsp butter. Stir in milk and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken broth and some of the asiago cheese. Continue to whisk in cheese, handfuls at a time, until the cheese has melted.

Shredded Asiago

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Mix into the cheese mixture. Lower the heat to low and stir occasionally. (The cornstarch mixture will help thickened the sauce)
  • Add the chicken to the skillet with the prosciutto and garlic with the heat on low, just enough to warm.

  • Mix cheese sauce into skillet.  Add pasta and enjoy.
Peas for mine!

H-no veggies allowed:O)

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