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T's Heavenly Pasta  & Chicken
tgray, Texas

This is one of my all-time favorites.
Start it in the morning, throw the chicken in about mid-afternoon,
cook the pasta right before you serve it.  Sooooo easy!
Tastes like you have killed yourself cooking

  • Chicken ( I prefer boneless, skinless breasts or tenders) use as much as you need to feed your family. 
  • 1 14.5 oz can Crushed or Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1 small can of Tomato Sauce 
  • 1 Onion 
  • 1 small clove garlic (optional)
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Green is better for this
  • 2 jars sliced Mushrooms, donít drain. 
  • 1 tsp. Thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp. Rosemary (optional) 
  • 1 cup low fat/no fat shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 package Garden Rotini 
  • WATER

First, you have to decide if your family likes to eat bell peppers and onions or not. If they like to eat them, then cut them into bite sized pieces. If not, then leave them big enough to pick out. Whichever you decide, you need to slice the onion, and clean and slice the bell pepper.   I use green bell pepper as the color contrasts well with the red sauce.

Now, if your kids really don't like mushrooms, you might stick them on a blender or food processor and puree them.  They really flavor the sauce and the kids don't know they are getting them.

Okay, the veggies are sliced, diced and ready, so now get out your soup or large pot or Dutch oven. Put the crushed or diced tomatoes in, add the tomato sauce, onion, pepper and mushrooms, garlic, Thyme and Rosemary. Stir it well. 

If you don't have a lot of time, go ahead and put your chicken in now. But, if you have 3 hours or more, please wait.

Now, put enough water in to fill the pot almost 1/2 way or enough to cover the bell peppers and onions.

Put the lid on it and just let it simmer away all day - or a few hours.   The longer it simmers, the better it tastes, I think.  It takes maybe 15 minutes to throw together and as long as you have or want to cook.

About 2 hours before you want to eat, if you have not already put the chicken in, put it in now.  Before you serve it, please make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked.

About 30 minutes before you want to eat, cook the rotini according to package directions and drain it.  

Pour the drained rotini into a 9x12x2 pan and spread it evenly across the pan.  Sprinkle cheese all over the top of the rotini. (Isn't this hard?)

Set your pan of rotini and cheese next to your Dutch Oven. Be careful - you don't want to set it on a hot burner!

Spoon your chicken onto the rotini and cheese, placing it so it looks nice.

Did you use large pieces of veggies? If you did, then spoon them out and make them look good, too.

Now, get your kids and pets out of the kitchen. You don't want to take a chance on spilling anything hot on them.  If your spouse is bugging you, get him/her out too cuz you don't want to be tempted to get it on them!

USING YOUR HOT PADS, pick up that pot and carefully pour the sauce all over the chicken, cheese and rotini.

Now, let it sit for just a few minutes and then serve.  Looks gourmet, but we know how simple it is!

 

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