Creamy Chicken Spaghetti With Carrots and Cauliflower

I haven’t been cooking much lately. I’m busy at work and with PinoyFoodista and I feel like I’m not touching base enough with this blog and my blogger friends šŸ˜¦ I promise that as soon as PinoyFoodista is stable (shouldn’t take that long, I hope), I’ll be more visible again šŸ™‚

So, in one of those rare instances that I find time to cook, I made something easy out of what I already have in the kitchen. I call it Creamy Chicken Spaghetti with Carrots and Cauliflower. The dish is as literal as its name šŸ˜›

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Spaghetti con Gamberetti e Rucola

This is the second recipe installment for my entry to Foodbuzz’s 24×24 this November.

For my Thanksgiving dinner called “Beyond Turkey, A Modern Thanksgiving Dinner,” I served perfect roasted chicken and pasta in lieu of the traditional turkey. I initially wanted to serve the food lauriat-syle because it gives a sense of being a one big united family. Besides, it’s fun having to pass the dishes around. However, due to table-size limitations, I had to improvise and make use of a separate buffet table.

The recipe is originally from Jamie Oliver and I particularly love it because of the great combination of flavors. You got tomatoes, chilies, shrimps, cheese and arugula, all in one dish. According to Jamie, he found the dish on the menu of a little restaurant called La Gondola in one of the roughest parts of Palermo. I could only dream of going there. Recreating this pasta dish is possibly the closest thing I could ever get to living a real La Gondola experience.

Here goes the recipe for Spaghetti con Gamberetti e Rucola (spaghetti with shrimps and arugula):

 

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Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Di Salsiccia

This dish is patterned from and inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Linguine Alla Carbonara Di Salsiccia. As much as I wanted to stick to the recipe strictly, IĀ  was constrained to make a few adjustments. It’s not everyday that I can find good quality sweet Italian sausages and pancetta.Ā  IĀ  Filipinized the dish by using ingredients that are easy to find locally.

For my version of this pasta dish, I used spaghetti instead of linguine,Ā  and longganiza and ordinary bacon to substitute for the salsiccia and pancetta, respectively. It’s a crazy delicious dish notwithstanding the substitutions. It’s very easy to make and is guaranteed to impress your guests. Anything from Jamie Oliver is absolutely good.

Without mumbling any further, here’s my version of Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Di Salsiccia šŸ™‚

 

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Lemony Tuna Linguine

This is another easy-peasy pasta dish that I’m sure you’ll be able to prepare in less than 30 minutes šŸ™‚ And in view of the simplicity of this dish, I’m gonna go straight to the point.

Ingredients:

  • 2T olive oil
  • 2-3 cans of tuna (I used the hot & spicy variant)
  • 1/2 kilo fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, copped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 pcs. bay leaf
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 300 grams cooked linguine

Heat up olive oil in a pan and saute the onion and garlic. Next add the tomatoes. There are some who prefer their tomatoes to be tender.Ā  For pasta sauces, I prefer mine a little mashed up or soggy. Cook depending on how you prefer your tomatoes. Add your lemon juice and canned tuna. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 3 minutes.

Scoop up cooked linguine on a plate and smother with the sauce. Sprinkle with Italian herbs when serving. You can also put cheese on top but I opted not to because it’s additional calories šŸ˜›

And it’s that easy. You’re done!

In fact, it’s so freakin’ easy it took me longer to write this post than to cook the pasta dish itself!

Try this simple dish at home and you’d be amazed at how simple ingredients would bring out an easy and simple dish that doesn’t compromise taste and flavor šŸ™‚

 

Hoisin Chicken and Red Pepper Linguine

Let’s do away with the intro and cut the chase šŸ˜›

Here’s another easy-peasy pasta dish that’s perfect when you don’t have the luxury of time to prepare dinner. It’s simple, easy, and delicous!

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