Monday, October 11, 2010

Easy Weeknight Dinner

This is a super easy dinner that you can get on the table pretty quickly. The first few times I made it were a disaster but I think I've tweaked the recipe enough that it now comes out great every time.

Chicken Milano

1 Tb butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c chicken broth
½ c sun dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 c heavy cream
1 lb chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 Tb olive oil
2 Tb chopped fresh basil

In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and chicken broth; increase to medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender. Add the cream and bring to a boil; stirring. Simmer over medium heat until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Start water boiling for pasta. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté chicken in olive oil for about 6 minutes per side or until is no longer pink inside. Drop pasta into the water when you flip the chicken over.
Drain pasta, cut each chicken breast into 2 to 3 diagonal slices. Transfer the pasta to serving plates; top with chicken and coat with the cream sauce; sprinkle with basil; serve.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This is a butternut squash. I have never ever purchased a butternut squash before but as I stood in the produce section of my grocery store last week it seemed like a good purchase and made me feel like fall. So, for most of last week it sat on my table while I tried to decide what to do with it.

After several "butternut squash recipe" google searches I decided I wanted to make a soup. So I read about a bagillion recipes and came up with my own. I knew I wanted to start off by roasting the veggies, I just couldn't decide whether I wanted to roast the onions or not. Also I couldn't decide whether I wanted to roast them at 350, 375, 400... So I choose a random temperature and went with it. (Why don't people ever cook at 380?)

I ended up cooking the onions in the stock pot instead of roasting them, I thought I had some white wine I could throw in there to deglaze the pan but I didn't. I'll have to try that next time.

All in all, it turned out really well. We ate this with grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. Even Alexis and Jake said it was good!

1 large butternut squash
4 medium carrots
olive oil
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 c chicken broth
¼ c heavy cream or half and half

Heat oven to 380 degrees. Peel and cube the butternut squash and the carrots. Toss with salt and olive oil and spread out onto a sheet pan. Roast for 45 minutes.

In the mean time, chop up the onion and garlic. Melt butter in a large pot and sauté the onion until it starts to turn brown, turn the heat down low and let the onions cook down for about 20 minutes. Make a space in the center of the pot and add the garlic, let it cook for a few minutes. Add chicken broth and vegetables. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Using an immersion blender (or in batches in a counter top blender,) blend soup until smooth. Add heavy cream and bring back up to temperature before serving. Season with salt and pepper.