After feeling guilty about eating a zillion Cinnamon Buns, I had to make something super healthy today. I have no self discipline. This soup will make those cinnamon buns disappear like they never happened.
This is a very tasty, satisfying and healthy soup. I am stressing healthy today. Since we are just about into October, I know I will be making this more often. In the recipe below I stated using canned tomatoes. You can also used Stewed Tomatoes if you have any on hand. Normally, I would stew my own tomatoes for this soup but today I just didn't have the time. It does, no doubt, give the soup a deeper flavour.. Which ever method you choose, it is a good soup!
In our house, we love baked pasta dishes. Any kind whatsoever pretty much. They are pretty much my go to comfort food. I do try my hardest to limit them to every so often. But every so often seems to become more and more frequent!
This particular pasta dish is another favourite of the kids in my house. It is something we usually save for fall, which it is. Despite the fast that is about a million degrees outside today! I do know where I live and the fact that it remains hot well into October (usually), but there is a lot of pretending on my part.
Baked Penne Pasta with Chicken
1 lb/500 grams of penne rigate
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dish
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1/3 Cup/40 grams of flour
4 to 6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups/480 ml of whole milk (more if needed)
250 grams/10 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
100 grams of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
1 1/2 Cups/150 grams shredded Gouda
1 Cup/100 grams of finely grated Parmesan
Small bunch of fresh chopped parsley
Small bunch of fresh chopped basil
Preheat oven to 350, butter a large deep baking dish 30 x 20 cm.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about 6-7 minutes. You basically want to take it off before it has cooked throughout. Drain, rinse and set aside.
Put the chicken between two sheets of baking paper and hammer it out with a meat tenderizer. Careful no to tear up the chicken. You are just looking to flatten it to about 1 inch thick. Season chicken with salt and pepper and toss in a little of the garlic.
In a large non-stick skillet, heat one tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for about 2 minutes per side and remove from pan. You are not looking to cook the chicken throughout at this point. Slice up the chicken and set aside.
In the reserved pan from the chicken add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and toss in the mushrooms and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. They should be browned and softened.
In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and remaining garlic, cook, whisking constantly, about 1 minute. You will have a thick paste. While whisking, gradually add milk, bring to a simmer, whisking frequently. Gradually stir in the Gouda and about 2/3 of the parmesan. You should have quite a thick cheese sauce now. Toss in the herbs, the sun-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper. Give a good stir and set aside
Add the pasta, chicken and mushrooms to the baking dish. Pour over sauce and mix it together. Sprinkle over remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Let it stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
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I love avocados in pretty much everything. But I really love them in a dip! I am not sure if there really any hard and fast rules to guacamole, but I love it pretty much any way at all. I love it just plain but I also love it dressed up with other things added to it. This particular one has the addition of tomatoes, garlic and onions and is pretty tasty. As long as you have good ripe avocados, you just can't go wrong!
I most certainly did not think I would be making a post about this today. I love surprises!!! Especially when it comes in the form of food.
Earlier this afternoon a friend dropped around to bring my son home. He was carrying a pretty hefty garbage bag. Inside the bag, a whole load of king crab legs. I haven't had these in years and years. So long, that I really cannot remember the last time at all. So, he told he end ended up with surplus and there was no way they could eat them all. So, lucky for me, I had a solution.
If I have to think about things I miss from my home (apart from the obvious like family and friends), this kind of food is one of them. As it turns out these came from Nova Scotia, so not too far away from home. I'll take it! Sometimes, after living years and years away from a home and a culture that you grew up with, you start to form your own new kind of culture. Then food like this, gives me a really good reminder that I am a Newfoundlander at heart and always will be!
I love the subtle flavour of perch. I first came across it about 10 years ago and bought it not knowing what it was. That happens a lot in Spanish fish markets. After cooking and tasting it, I was surprised that I hadn't had it before. I don't cook it often enough as it is a great fish.
This morning when perusing the fish counter and the sea of so many interesting looking ummmm, fish, to choose from, there were these lonely perch fillets. Sold!
Step one accomplished for dinner. But what to do with them. I remember making a lemon bread crust a few times for cod and I am sure it would work with perch as well. This is such a tasty combination. Honestly, it does not need the sauce. But the sauce is wonderful as a side accompaniment. People, like my husband. like sauce with pretty much everything. So a subtle side of parsley sauce it is.