Monday, July 12, 2010

Creamy Red Pepper & Basil Penne w/ Chicken

Thank you to Cassie Craves for another great recipe!

I adjusted this just a bit by adding fresh garlic. Hubby was really impressed and loved it!

Creamy Red Pepper and Basil Penne with Chicken

2 cups penne pasta, uncooked
1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, well drained
4 ounces softened cream cheese
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
salt and pepper

Cook pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile, blend red peppers, cream cheese, garlic, basil, milk and parmesan cheese in a food processor until smooth.

Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook in olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat until cooked through, stirring frequently.

Stir in pepper puree; simmer on medium heat 5 minutes or until chicken is done and mixture is heated through, stirring frequently.

Drain pasta. Add to chicken mixture; mix lightly. Sprinkle each serving with additional chopped basil, if desired.


Cassie said...

I'm so glad you liked this! I am really loving using cream cheese as a thickener for sauces lately...Of course, I love using cream cheese for ANYTHING! :)

red pepper said...

I love ravioli. this dish looks so good. :)