My sister keeps a running list of foods I despise and those I
adore obsess over.
The former includes such things as:
Rye bread with caraway seeds
Any kind of melon
Lemon Pits in my Diet Coke. Seriously. I have a really difficult time drinking a Diet Coke if there is an errant lemon pit swimming around in there.
The latter includes most of the things in the title of this post.
Last night I walked home from work and made a detour to Trader Joe’s because in NYC there is no place else that you can get Dubliner cheese, goat cheese, a dozen eggs, a pack of English muffins, a bag of frozen mixed veggies, baby spinach, a bag of potatoes, an onion, a quart of milk and a tub of sour cream plus a Valentine’s surprise for a little over $20.00.
Things you will need to make this:
1/4 cup diced roasted chicken (you could definitely use rotisserie chicken for this)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced sweet onion
1 cup fresh baby spinach
a pinch of crushed red pepper
1 oz goat cheese (you could use about 2 tablespoons of crumbles if you have them)
1 cup cooked whole wheat pasta (I used TJ’s whole wheat penne) cooked to package directions – reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water
S&P to taste
Upon arriving home I put a chicken breast in the oven to roast.
This is a skin on, bone in chicken breast. I drizzled it with olive oil salt and lemon pepper and some sliced onions and garlic. I roasted it for nearly an hour (covered in foil) at 375, turning up the heat to closer to 400 for the last 15 min. I used about a quarter of this breast in the pasta.
I added a little olive oil to a pan and sauteed some onion and peppers. This was tossed in the pasta with the baby spinach and goat cheese.My cute ceramic nesting measuring cups from Anthropologie include a measure for a pinch. I guess you could say I used about a quarter of a pinch here.
Sidenote: It doesn’t look like they have them anymore :( Here is what they look like.
I drained the pasta, put it back in the empty pot and added the veggies, spice and about 3/4 of the goat cheese over very low heat to get things all melty. I added the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce out a little. I crumbled the remaining goat cheese on top and added a crank or two of pepper.