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Pasta and Chicken in White Wine and a Cheese Sauce

Pasta with chicken and cheese sauce.

I made pasta for dinner last night. I was sort of improvising, so there are a few things I would have done differently, in retrospect, but it still turned out tasting pretty good.

I began by preparing some chicken thighs in a sauce pan with some white wine. When the chicken was done, I added chopped up tomato and lots of grated cheddar cheese, to combine with the wine and thicken into a cheese sauce. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and served it all over spaghetti noodles.

What I should have done is taken the chicken out when it was done, and chopped it up, then prepped the sauce over low heat and reintroduced the chicken for a couple of minutes when the sauce was ready.

My friend Andrew Metcalfe suggested I make a roux next time. That would probably work a lot better, too. I’m thinking if I prepped a roux, then added it to the remaining white wine after the chicken was out, and added the cheese after all of that had been combined, it would have made a better sauce, and I could control the amount of sauce a lot better, too.

Also, I’m not sure Italian seasoning was the best choice. I’m a total newbie with spices and seasonings. Someone needs to give me a course or something.

Cooking With Pesto

Last night Larissa and I had a friend over to eat dinner and watch the Wolverine movie. I made pasta with pesto.

Pasta with Pesto!
I forgot to take a picture until after we'd eaten...

It was the first time I’ve ever worked with pesto. I made the sauce out of a mixture of pesto and cream of celery soup. I mixed in half of a red pepper and a couple of chicken breasts.

We had spaghetti noodles on hand, but if I was planning this from scratch I’d naturally want to go with penne or something similar. Still, noodles are noodles, right?

Next time I think I’ll also increase the ratio of sauce to noodles. I found the flavour got hidden too much by the pasta. Maybe that’s because my usual experience with pesto is a Massive Pesto Overload. I haven’t yet found the happy pesto medium, I guess.