Chicken Cacciatore recipe
I absolutely love pasta. If you’ve looked at the homepage or About section, this statement should come as no surprise. I have many tried and true recipes that are staples at my house – spaghetti, pasta carbonara, vodka sauce, and fra diavolo sauce to name a few.
It seemed like it was time to branch out and try new recipes, so I’ve been spending some time scouring the internet for traditional Italian recipes. Here are a few delicious pasta recipes I’ve found in my searches.
This chicken cacciatore recipe from Cafe Delites really hit the spot. I followed the recipe almost to the T. I don’t typically have fresh Thyme on hand so I made do with dry and I also omitted the parsley. Oh, I also used chicken breasts instead of thighs which worked out great. The chicken was incredibly tender after simmering in the sauce.
Chicken Cacciatore is a fun recipe to make. Loaded with fresh produce, there is lots of slicing and dicing which I find therapeutic, especially after a stressful work day. This went great with orzo!
Pasta Alla Norma
Pasta Alla Norma was another gem I stumbled across in my Google searches. This is another recipe, I followed closely. I used less salt and added more garlic, because let’s be real – 3 cloves of garlic is not enough.
Pasta Alla Norma recipe calls for eggplant which I rarely use. I think I’ve cooked eggplant just once before making Pasta Alla Norma. It added an interesting element to the tomato sauce. Tubular pasta is recommended by many for this. I followed that suggestion and used ziti.
This is a vegetarian pasta recipe. While I do like and eat meat, I still enjoy meatless nights at least a couple of times a week. Pasta Alla Norma will be added to my meatless meal rotation.
Most recently I tried Linguine all’astice. Believe it or not, it was tough to find a version of this recipe in english which I took as a good sign. Google Translate really came through here.
Linguine all’astice translates to “linguine with lobster.” It’s basically a less saucy version of fra diavolo sauce. Do take the advice of the many who have shared this recipe by not using canned tomatoes or tomato sauce. For this recipe, fresh is definitely best. Whole lobster is hard to find out here. Not wanting to drive all around town, I only used lobster tails when making this recipe.
If you’re looking to try some tasty new dishes, why not give one of these three a try? These are all great for a date night or really, any night!