Heavenly Chicken and Pasta
is one of my all-time favorites.
like you've killed yourself cooking.
( I prefer boneless, skinless breasts or tenders)
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. Which ever you decide, you
need to slice the onion, and clean and slice the bell pepper. Now, if your
kids really don't like mushrooms, you might stick them in a blender and
puree them so they will really flavor the sauce. I like to use Green Bell
Pepper as the color looks really pretty in the red tomato sauce.
the veggies are sliced, diced and ready, so now you get out your crock pot
or a Dutch oven. Put the Crushed or Diced tomatoes in,
add the tomato sauce, the onion, the pepper, mushrooms (with
liquid) and Thyme and Rosemary. Stir
enough water in to fill the pot almost half way.
you put the lid on and let it just simmer away on a medium low heat all
day - or a few hours if you don't have all day. The longer it simmers, the
better it tastes, I think. It
takes maybe 15 minutes to throw it together, and as long as you want/have
an hour to an hour and a half before you want to serve it, put the chicken
in. It really depends on how much chicken and how big the pieces are.
If they are large, give them more time, if they are small, then an hour
should do it. You don't want to over cook the chicken as it will fall
apart when you serve it.
20 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 the cheese all over the top of the Rotini. (Isn't this
your pan of Rotini and Cheese next to your Dutch oven, be careful - you
don't want to set it on a hot burner!
your Chicken onto the Rotini and Cheese, placing it so it looks really
you use large pieces of veggies? If you did, then spoon them out and make
them look good, too.
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!
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 minute or two, and serve. Looks gourmet, but we know how simple it is!