Any one for Tennis?

by Michelle on June 11, 2008

I’ve been out of town and am finally getting back into the groove of blogging. I can’t say that I missed my blog but I sure missed my own cooking!!

A few weeks ago I was at my market cruising the pasta aisle when a box caught my eye. Are you kidding me…pasta in the shape of little tennis rackets! And it’s called Racchette…LOL! Is that cute or what!! I had to have a box and have been saving it for something special and today was the day.

Pasta with Sauteed Chicken and Goat Cheese
Recipe developed in the kitchen of BigBlackDog

1 Chicken Breast (You can use leftover chicken)
1 LB Pasta
Salt and Pepper
5 oz (abt 1/2 c.) crumbled Goat Cheese
1/2 c finely grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 c sliced Black Olives
1/2 c Pine Nuts, toasted
1/2 c Sun-dried Tomatoes, finely sliced
1 large handful fresh Spinach Leaves
5-6 fresh Basil Leaves, minced

Option: 2 Garlic Cloves, minced

Toast pine nuts in a small fry pan with about 1 tsp of EVOO until lightly browned. Be careful as the nuts burn easily.

Saute the chicken breast and you can find the recipe here. Let the chicken breast cool and then cut into bite-sized pieces.

Slice olives and tomatoes, clean spinach and mince basil.

Grate Parmesan cheese.

Boil pasta according to package directions careful not too over cook. Drain, reserving 1/2 c. of the pasta water.

Return pasta to pot and toss with crumbled goat cheese and Parmesan gradually adding the 1/2 c. of hot pasta water. Toss until cheese is well blended. Add spinach and basil, salt and pepper to taste and toss well.

Set up the prep bowls containing the diced chicken, pine nuts and sliced olives and tomatoes so that everyone can top their pasta as they wish.

Definitely a keeper recipe. Enjoy!!!

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  • OhioMom June 11, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Oh this looks yummy … and I just happen to know where I can purchase locally produced artisan goat cheese :)

  • Michelle June 11, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Linda, I really enjoyed this pasta and will definitely make it again or a variation of it. Joe said it tasted bland but with no garlic I figured he’d say that. LOL!!I would like to try it with broccoli or asparagus too.

  • Lucy..♥ June 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Ooooh… Michelle, that looks awesome! That pasta shape is just tooo cute!

  • Michelle June 11, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Lucy, it was so good…I about inhaled it!! I know I said I was going to make a sauce with gorgonzola but we had some goat cheese that needed to be used. And the little racket pasta cooked up so nice too. With all the tossing I was concerned I would tear up the pasta, but it was just fine. I’m going to buy some more of the Racchette.Michelle

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