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Farfalle con Pollo e Pesto

A pretentious name for a sublime dish: Bowtie Pasta with Chicken and Pesto. – Chef John

1 lb Farfalle (bowtie) pasta
2 lbs ground white meat chicken
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
2 large green peppers, seeded and diced
2 small jars prepared pesto (6.7 oz each) or 14 oz freshly prepared pesto
3 Tbsp dried garlic chips (for garnish) (Optional)

In a large cooker, bring 5 quarts of salted water to a boil. (It is said that Italians believe your pasta water should be as salty as the Mediterranean.) Add Farfalle and cook per directions (normally12-14 minutes) to al dente and drain.

While water is coming to a boil (and pasta is cooking) take a large skillet, add ground chicken, garlic and black pepper. Cook until chicken is done and crumbled. Drain off any excess liquids from the skillet that may have accumulated. Add diced green peppers and stir to combine.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, add to the chicken and pepper mixture. Stir to combine. Add pesto and stir to combine again. You’re making sure that every bite will be as flavourful as the last.

If desired, sprinkle top with dried garlic chips. Here at The Wannabe Gourmet, we love garlic, so it’s always desired!

Serves 8, alongside toasted, crusty garlic bread.


“Welcome Autumn” Soup!

You can control the heat of this soup by reducing (or eliminating) the cayenne and/or black pepper, and reducing the amount of fresh ginger. I just happen to like it very hot, and hate it when I’m served a dish where it appears the Chef is being apologetic for adding spices.

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (between 6-8 ounces), cubed
1 regular size can of Cannellini (White Kidney) beans, drained, and rinsed
1 can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried English Mustard powder
1 tsp celery seeds (whole or ground)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Amarillo powder (a type of powdered Mexican food colouring)
Fresh cold water

In a medium sized pot, place beans, chicken, tomatoes and spices. Stir to combine. Add enough fresh, cold water to cover the solids and slowly bring to a simmer.
Allow to cool for 20-25 minutes (to cook the chicken, and to allow the flavours to meld). (If you do not have Amarillo powder (normally available on the International aisle of most supermarkets), feel free to omit. I added it, in order to imbue a golden hue to contrast against the red of the tomatoes for the Autumn like feel…)

Serves: 3-4

Vegetarian Option: Omit chicken and substitute cubed firm tofu, adding during the last 5 minutes or so, so the tofu does not disintegrate.

This soup will freeze well for up to 3 months. NB: If making the vegetarian option, I’d suggest freezing without the inclusion of the tofu, and adding once you defrost and reheat.