Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pasta with Greens and Smoked Chicken

This recipe has appeard before but we made a variation in the way the sauce was prepared which improved the dish, so, here it is again. It is also excellent meatless. Cook the pasta according to package directions. In a sauce pan, gently heat 1/3C olive oil with 4 cloves of minced garlic. When the garlic just begins to brown, remove from the heat. This amount of oil is right for 1/2lb pasta. In a large pan, steam 1lb of chopped rapini (broccoli rabe). Any green will work but it has a nice bitter edge that we enjoy. When the greens are tender, add 2C thinly sliced cooked chicken, if you wish. Drain the pasta, return to the pan containing the greens and pour on the oil and garlic. Preparing the garlic and oil this way keeps the garlic from burning and disperses it easily in the dish. We served it with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese dressed with white balsamic vinegar and olive oil.



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