Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dinner and a Movie...

Tonight was awesome. It's the little things in life that I love. One of my absolute favorite things to do is stay home, cook dinner for my wife, and watch a movie. We throw on our sweats, cook a good meal, flop down on the couch.... what could be better?

I know... that's exactly what I was thinking.

Tonight, I fixed Roasted Tomato Pasta with Parmesan Crusted Chicken, and Garlic Bread buttered with my very own homemade butter that I owe completely to Joy. The butter came out exactly the way she explained it, and I highly recommend it... it was amazing!

So let's get started! Preheat that oven to 450*, and grab some tomatoes and garlic. Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper on top (this makes the tomatoes plump and adds flavor). What we're doing here is roasting the tomatoes and garlic. It's simple... Depending on size, grab about 5-10 cloves of garlic, and leave the skins on. Then, roast them in the oven for 20 minutes. When your done, let the garlic cool for a few, and then remove the skins. What you should have is this...

I know... my mouth is watering at this point too...

Oh! I forgot an important step... while this is going on, boil Penne Pasta, and when you finish, set two cups of the water it was boiled in aside. We have plans. While you're at it, cube some chicken breast and throw it in a pan with some olive oil, italian bread crumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder, and let that cook.

Now, in your serving bowl pour one cup of the water in, and the garlic. With a wisk, begin working the garlic and water together. The garlic will dissolve into the water eventually making a base for your pasta sauce.

Then pour in your tomatoes, and the remaining cup of water, and work it in just like the garlic. Boom... pasta sauce...done.

Pour in your pasta, and then add 1/2 a cup of fresh parmesan cheese, and mix it all together... did I mention this is all healthy? Then, pour your chicken on top, add a little more parmesan, and serve!

Let's not forget the bread... Please wave at my homemade butter as you scroll down. He says what's up?

I hope you like it! Here's the recipe:

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Parmesan Crusted Chicken

2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
5-10 cloves of garlic
Penne Pasta
Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 450*. In a pan, lay your tomatoes, and garlic (skins on), and drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook your penne pasta, following the instructions on the box, but save two cups of the water you boiled it in. Also, cube your chicken, and cook on a stove top will a little olive oil. After they finish cooking, mix 1/4 cup italian bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon of onion powder, and pour over chicken. Let simmer, tossing to cover chicken.

After the tomatoes and garlic cools, remove the garlic skins, and mix the garlic well in one cup of water from the pot you cooked your pasta in. Then, add the tomatoes and remaining cup of water, and mix well.

Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and pasta, and mix well. Then add your chicken on top, and generously pour more parmesan on top (if that's your thing).

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