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Pasta with Chicken, Vegetable & White Wine Sauce

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 600g short pasta, e.g. penne or conchiglie (pasta shells)
  • 300-350g Chicken thighs (boneless & skinless)
  • 2 fresh carrots
  • 2 fresh courgettes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 tsp olive oil (plus a drizzle for the pasta water)
  • sea salt / rock salt (ground) – to taste
  • coarse salt (about a small handful)
  • chilli flakes, ground

Method

  1. Finely chop onion, garlic, carrots, celery & courgettes
  2. Chop up the chicken into very small (approx 5mm) pieces
  3. Heat up 1tsp oil in a sauté pan, add onions & garlic, soften on a high heat and don’t be afraid to let them brown/caramelise a little for flavour
  4. Add the carrots, celery & courgettes
  5. While still on a high heat, season with salt & crushed chilli flakes, to taste
  6. Turn down the heat & put on a lid
  7. In a small frying pan/skillet, heat up 1 tsp oil, add the chicken, season with salt & chilli flakes, to taste. Brown but don’t cook through.
  8. Add the chicken to the vegetables in the sauté pan
  9. Turn up the heat, add 100ml white wine
  10. Stir and once it comes up to the boil, turn the heat down & place on the lid, leaving to simmer gently
  11. Leave to cook for approx. 20 mins, checking to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

While the sauce is cooking, cook your pasta ‘al dente’:

  • Place water into a large stockpot and put on a high heat (use a lid if you want it to boil faster)
  • Add a drizzle of olive or vegetable oil
  • Once the water comes up to the boil, add a small handful of coarse salt
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water, stir to ensure it moves freely in the water and doesn’t stick to itself
  • Keep it boiling at all times, on a high heat, stirring occasionally to ensure the pasta moves freely
  • Check whether it’s ready before the time indicated on the packet – ideally the pasta needs to still have ‘bite’ to it and not be too soft

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and quickly place it in a large bowl or back into the stockpot, then stir in the sauce & serve.

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When I was unwell as a child, my mum would give me boiled rice, but not just any boiled rice, oh no!

Risotto rice (e.g. Arborio or Carnaroli), boiled in ample salted water (not cooked like a risotto, but with all the water added at the start), then served with some of the starchy water (i.e. you don’t drain it),  a generous drop of olive oil, a knob of butter & tons of grated parmesan. Delicious and so comforting!

Now I’m an Italian Mamma myself, I’ve been doing the same with my kids when they’re not well (though if their tummies are the problem, I steer clear of the butter & parmesan, settling for just a tiny drop of olive oil for taste instead).

My eldest daughter Charlie, aged 14, is proving quite capable in the kitchen already and tends to cook her own rice when she’s not well.  It’s an instant feel-good remedy that’s becoming a family tradition, being passed down from generation to generation.  I can imagine my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond enjoying the same comfort food when they’re unwell!

Try it – you’ll immediately feel like you’re getting a lovely warm hug!

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New Beginnings

Welcome to my new blog! 🙂

I love food.  I love eating it.  I love cooking it.  I love sharing it.

People always compliment me on my cooking – friends love to eat at our house, my children’s friends say I’m an ‘awsome’ or ‘immense’ cook (well, they’re teenagers, so that is high praise indeed!) and everyone asks me for my recipes.

So I thought, hey, why not actually set up a blog…and a website…and a facebook page….and a twitter account…

Great idea, except I have to now regale you all with interesting, witty and most of all…TANTALISINGLY AND GLORIOUSLY MOUTH-WATERING content.  No pressure then!

Stick around, share with your friends, spread the word.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy what I have to say and pick up a few tips & recipes along the way xx

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