Ree’s blog at the pionerwoman always gives me the giggles. She’s always so witty in her description.
And when i was vacationing in the US two years ago, I was lucky enough to catch snippets of her cooking show. In fact i made sure i stayed back in the hotel just to catch her show. Imagine, passing the opportunity to sight-see Times Square in New York to catch Ree Drummond!
So when this month’s cook like a star chose Ree to be their featured chef. I was more than willing to pitch in.
So here goes my Penne Alfredo.
I’ve made this dish quite a couple of times. But i’ve never blogged about it because the final pale color of this dish never inspired me enough to pull out my camera. Don’t get me wrong. This dish tastes amah-zing! just that the colors was a bit drab.
Today however was different. I was armed with parsley leaves and tomatoes. They make the perfect garnish.
Taken from The pioneerwoman
- Prep Time:
- 5 Minutes
- Cook Time:
- 20 Minutes
- 12 ounces, weight Bowtie Pasta (farfalle)- i used Penne
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 3/4 cups Dry White Wine (may Substitute Low-sodium Chicken Broth)
- 1/2 cup Half-and-half
- 3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- Low Sodium Chicken Broth, As Needed For Thinning – I used homemade bone broth
- 3/4 cups Parmesan Shavings Or Grated Parmesan
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Minced
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until deep golden brown on both sides and done in the middle. Remove from the skillet, slice into thin strips, and set aside.
Add additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, followed by the minced garlic. Stir the garlic around the pan to avoid burning, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in wine (or broth), then let it bubble up and reduce for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add half-and-half, cream, and extra salt and pepper, whisking constantly until it’s all combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. If it gets too thick, you may thin it with a little chicken broth.
When the sauce looks good, remove it from the heat. Add Parmesan to the pan, then throw the hot pasta right on top of it. Toss it a bit. Add the chicken and continue tossing until it’s all combined. Again, if it gets too gloopy, splash in a little broth (you may return the pan to low heat if it needs it.)
Taste it, adjust seasonings, and top with minced parsley and extra Parmesan. Serve immediately!