I have a sauce for you that's easy to whip up and satisfies that craving for a meaty sauce without being too fattening. Leave it to Rachael Ray again for coming up with easy recipes that taste like you slaved for hours over the stove.
Chicken Ragu (Serves 4)
Recipe adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray
1 pound rigatoni or other short cut pasta
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 pound pancetta, diced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 medium to large onion, chopped
2 to 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped
3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt & black pepper
1 carrot, peeled (or the equivalent in shredded carrots)
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1 (28 oz.) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
1. Heat a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water when it boils and cook the pasta to al dente.
2. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the pancetta for 3 to 4 minutes, then add another Tbsp of olive oil. Add the chicken and brown evenly for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onions, rosemary and garlic, then season with salt and pepper. Grate the carrot with a box grater directly into the pan and stir in. Add the bay leaf and cook until the vegetables are soft, 5 to 6 minutes.
3. Add the wine to the chicken and vegetables, stir and reduce for a minute, then add the tomatoes. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken the sauce and combine the flavors.
4. Drain the pasta and toss with the chicken ragu and cheese. Discard the bay leaf. Garnish with some torn basil.
I made a Caesar salad to go with the pasta. Dinner done in a flash. Love.
Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, asparagus, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese.
I took the kids to camp, ran a few errands, then picked up a turkey and avocado sandwich from Subway for lunch.
Some more errands, camp pickups and basketball practice are on the agenda for the rest of the day. Mondays…blech.
What do your typical Mondays look like?