Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rotini with Roast Vegetables & Chicken

Servings: 4

  • Rotini Pasta - 1 lb
  • Chicken breast fillet* - 1, boneless, cut into bite size pieces
  • Carrots - 2, cut into 1 inch pieces (to yield 1 cup)
  • Green beans - 1 cup, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Grape tomatoes - 1/2 pint (1 cup)
  • Baby potatoes - 1 cup, peeled (and halved if bigger than bite size)
  • Green pepper - 1, cut into bite size pieces
  • Parmesan cheese - 1 cup
  • Chicken Bouillon - 1 cube
  • Salt & Pepper - to taste
  • 1. Prepare all the vegetables by washing and cutting them. In half cup of water mix in the chicken bouillon. In a roasting tray arranged the vegetables, toss them with the broth mixture, salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • 2. In a piece of aluminum foil, place the chicken breast, season with salt , pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Fold to make a pouch. You can place it in the same tray with the vegetables or use a separate tray.
  • 3. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) and bake/roast the chicken and the vegetable for about 30 min. When the skin of the veg turn a little crispy you will know they are done.
  • 4. Meanwhile, cook your pasta** according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • 5. Once the veg and the chicken are done, remove the foil wrapping of the chicken and cut it into bite size pieces. Be careful, since it will be quite hot. Use a fork to hold it in place while you cut it.
  • 6. In a big serving bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the veg and chicken together. Stir in 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. The heat from the pasta will melt the cheese and create a sticky consistency.
  • 7. Serve the Rotini in individual bowls with a sprinkle of the remaining Parmesan cheese.
For a vegetarian version, you can skip the chicken altogether. Also, use any type of vegetables that you like. Pumpkin, butternut squash, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus are also my favorites for roasting.
** Make sure to salt the water as this is the only time to flavour the pasta. You can also cook your pasta in broth rather than water to give it a extra boost of flavour.


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