Thursday, April 9, 2009

You've got me Poppin' Champagne

Yesterday was such a long drawn out day, that when I got home, I did NOT feel like cooking. Very rare for me. So, I asked Aaron if he wanted to go out, or just eat left overs, and to my surprise, he said, 'I'll cook'. I was immediately nervous/scared, seeing as the only thing he knows how to cook is pancakes. He decided chicken would be a good idea. He asked me a lot of questions, but like I said, it was a long day, I was grouchy, and I didn't feel like playing 20 questions, so I told him to look up a recipe. An hour later, I was surprised again. He treated me to one of the best/simple dinners I have had in a long time. He found it on food network, and it is posted by the Neely's [LOVE them!]. I decided to post it for you all:

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken


  • 1 pound dried penne
  • 2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high and add chicken. Grill until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate and slice.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

If you try it, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy!!


Christy said...

Not only does that sound good, but what a great guy!

Mr O said...

Yea he is the man. I probably would have snapped on you and then got taco bell. (i kid)


OK...what the heck. You are like the only one that has things like dried penne, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan just sitting around your house for an "easy" recipe. And if Eric cooked dinner (not that he EVER does), but based on what we have in our pantry, it'd be KRAFT mac-n-cheese in a bowl. Consider yourself a lucky woman! ;-)