Recipe of the Week: Pasta With Mascarpone, Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Spinach Recipe

When I opened up my refrigerator the other day, I saw that we had a package of fresh chicken, just hanging out, waiting to be cooked. Usually, my husband uses it for his daily lunch meals, but this package seemed neglected. I jumped on Pinterest (my go-to source for recipes, amongst other things) and found this great recipe, sitting on my Recipes to Try board.

Super easy to make and it was DELICIOUS! I must confess, I really love all things lemon, garlic and cheesy. This was such a great combo and I was even surprised at myself for successfully preparing such a delicious dish!


Pasta With Mascarpone, Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Spinach

Ingredients:

1 Cup Mascarpone Cheese At Room Temperature
Zest & Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, Cleaned Of Fat & Cut Into 1 Inch Dice
1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled & Minced
Salt & Pepper
1/3 Cup Chopped Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1 (9 Ounce) Bag Baby Spinach
1 (500 Gram) Package Pasta
Sauteed Garlic Breadcrumbs
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano/ Pecorino Cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine the zest, lemon juice, mascarpone, and pepper in a bowl, and whisk to combine.
  2. Bring a pasta pot of salted water to boil.
  3. While waiting on the water, heat the oil in a skillet, and cook the chicken until it is cooked through and just beginning to brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook another minute or two, then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook the pasta until al dente, taking it off the heat about 1 to 2 minutes before you would normally remove it.
  6. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  7. Return the pasta to the pot, and set over medium heat.
  8. Stir in the mascarpone and lemon mixture, the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach.
  9. Loosen the sauce with about 1/4 cup of the water and toss all over the ingredients together until the spinach has wilted and everything is piping hot, adding a little additional pasta water if needed.
  10. Serve immediately, topped with grated cheese and/or sauteed breadcrumbs.

Yield: Serves 4 – 6    Prep Time: 20 mins   Cook Time: 25 mins