Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A new spin on spaghetti

It's safe to say that a Jones family favorite has been spaghetti right from the start. We are always content with a pound of beef, some prego, and a pile of noodles, but I'm usually on the hunt for a healthier version that makes you feel a little less "I'm going to vomit" when you're finished. To make one of Mr. Jones' new favorites, start off with these simple ingredients and grab yourself two cutting boards.

olive oil (extra virgin.......no hussy's in my kitchen)
noodles (any brand...I use ronzoni smart taste bc its high in fiber) and I went with angel hair since there isn't a thick sauce involved. The skinnier they are the more flavor they'll soak up.
cherry tomatoes
FRESH basil & oregano (dont be sprinkling your stuff on here)
parmesan cheese (made with 2% milk for a lighter version)
chopped garlic cloves (I went with 5 cloves for 3 servings)
chop your garlic and herbs as well as your tomatoes in half. I use two cutting boards - one for veggies and one for meats. This will help eliminate any germs passing in the future since the dish washer can only do so much :)
chop your chicken into bite sized pieces. Season with fresh ground pepper and salt and cook over medium heat until finished. Then set it aside somewhere covered to keep it warm.
In the same pan, heat your olive oil over medium heat and add your garlic until you can start to smell its fragrance. be super careful not to burn your garlic. Otherwise it can be a nasty taste when you're finished. Keeping the heat low to medium add your tomatoes and sauté for about 4 to 5 minutes until soft. During this step I go ahead and work on the pasta according to it's instructions. Remember that angel hair doesn't take much time at all so save that for the last 2 minutes or so of your cooking time.

Pour your chicken and tomato/garlic mix over your pasta. If it's a little dry add a bit more olive oil as well as some reserved pasta water. Top with your fresh basil, oregano, and parmesan cheese. Then sit back and have a yummy version of Jones Chicken Spaghetti. You can thank me later.

1 comment:

carolyn bradford said...

I'm very impressed!!! It looks yummy!!!!