recently, i found a recipe for lemon basil pasta with chicken. it sounded SO delicious and i decided that it was a dish that the three of us should have for dinner. it involves making sauce from scratch, which was something that i had never done before--that is, until last night! it was a smashing success, to say the least.
[lemon basil pasta with chicken.]
- chicken (however you fancy it... we went with chicken tenders.)
- 1 pound of pasta, cooked al dente (whole wheat farfalle complimented the sauce so well)
- 1/2 stick of butter (i actually used a little less and it worked fine)
- 3-4 whole lemons, juiced
- 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup half & half
- 1 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- salt and pepper
- 20 whole basil leaves, chopped
- prepare and cook the chicken to your heart's desire. in this case, the mister cooked up the chicken on a cast iron skillet.
- cook the pasta, then set it aside. reserve a cup of hot pasta water when draining.
- then, in the same pot, melt butter over medium heat.
- squeeze in lemon juice, then whisk it together.
- pour in cream and half and half. whisk until hot.
- add salt and pepper to taste.
- check consistency, adding hot pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary.
- pour chicken, pasta, and sauce into a large serving bowl or pan.
- sprinkle basil over the top of the pasta, then serve immediately.
we used three lemons, with a generous amount of salt and pepper, and the flavor was amazing! it's one of the dishes i'm most proud of. i would like to find a way to make it healthier (for example, could i substitute milk for the cream and half and half? what about the butter? i'll have to do some researching) but i can now say that i know how to make sauce from scratch! i can't wait to experiment and come up with different sauce concoctions and more delicious meal ideas. it was the perfect meal for a late summer dinner on the porch.