Friday, October 14, 2011

Baked chicken spaghetti

Recipe ingredients:
* 1 (3 pound) chicken
* 8 ounces spaghetti
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 small can mushrooms, drained
* 1 small onion, diced
* 1 green bell pepper, diced
* 1 (3) can tomatoes
* Black olives, to taste
* 1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, grated
Recipe method:
* Cook chicken slowly in about 2 quarts lightly salted water. When tender, remove chicken from stock. Bone and dice.
* Cook spaghetti in stock. Drain.
* Saute pepper, mushrooms and onion in the butter.
* Combine this mixture with diced chicken, tomatoes, olives and spaghetti.
* Pour into greased casserole and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
* Stir in grated cheese just before serving.


1/8-1/4 cup pancetta, finely diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
5-8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 large can (approx 35oz) whole peeled Italian tomatoes
1 dozen oil-cured black olives, pitted and chopped
3 anchovies, finely mashed (optional)
2 tabelspoons red wine vinegar
a pinch red hot pepper flakes
2 tablespoons each fresh basil and oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (save a little for sprinkling)
1 bay leaf
Romano or Parmesan cheese (for sprinkling)
1 lb pasta, cooked according to package directions
salt and pepper, to taste

Note: If you don’t have fresh herbs available, substitute 1/2 teaspoon each dry oregano and basil.
In a large skillet, sauté pancetta over low heat in olive oil until soft and translucent; bring heat up and allow to pancetta to brown slightly on edges.
Add garlic, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, parsley and olives. Mash the anchovies well into the oil, using the tines of a fork. Tip: You can do this with the garlic after it’s cooked, too, if you want to avoid having to mince them – just leave the cloves whole and mash them into the oil when they take on a little light coloring. Be careful not to let garlic brown or the oil with be bitter.
When garlic begins to take on the slightest color and herbs permeate the air, add the can of whole tomatoes (including the juice in the can). Submerge the bay leaf in the sauce.
Simmer over medium-low heat, with just the occasional lazy bubble surfacing for 20 minutes or so, until the sauce begins to thicken slightly. Stir in wine vinegar during final 10-15 minutes of cooking. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Meanwhile, as sauce simmers, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
In a large bowl, combine pasta with enough sauce to coat. Add a little of the pasta cooking water if sauce is too thick, or a teaspoon of olive oil. Sprinkle pasta with a little fresh parsley and cheese before serving. (Remove bay leaf before serving).
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