One Pot Pasta Dish

Do you ever have one of those nights where you are craving a good plate of pasta?

Me too.

And lately it seems like it happens at least once a week.

I sadly do not always keep pasta sauce on hand.

So when the craving hits, I have to get creative.

And try to find whatever I can in our fridge.

And in our pantry.

To make my pasta dish.

 

And bread of course.

One Pot Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 box any type of pasta
  • 2+ tablespoons olive oil
  • handful red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • 1/2 red, yellow or white onion sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 chicken breast, sliced
Directions:
  1. In large pot, bring water to a rolling boil and cook pasta until done al dente.
  2. While pasta is cooking, grill chicken breast in sauce pan.
  3. Once chicken is done cooking, heat olive oil in large pot. 
  4. Add red pepper flakes to olive oil and heat for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add steamed broccoli, onion slices, tomatoes and sliced chicken breasts in pan.
  6. Toss cooked pasta with vegetables and chicken. Add more olive oil if too dry. ( I was really wishing I had some white wine to add at this time, but the olive oil did just fine). 
  7. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy! 
Focaccia Bread
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 envelope of yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno slices
  • pesto
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  In a large bowl, mix your flour and salt together
  3. In smaller bowl, add yeast, honey and warm milk. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
  4.  Once yeast is done proofing, add oil and then add it to dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
  5. Knead dough for about 5-7 minutes
  6. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with damp paper towel. Let dough rise for 20 minutes.
  7.  Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until 1/2 thick. Place dough on a pizza stone or baking sheet. On one side of the dough spread with pesto sauce. On the opposite side, sprinkle dough with cheddar cheese and jalapenos.
  8.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes, until a light golden brown.

This is such an easy, and effortless pasta dish. The thing I absolutely love about it, is that you can get super creative and add anything you have on hand to make it your own. It is a good way to get rid of leftover vegetables and odds and ends of pasta lingering around your pantry.

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