Pasta Milano

It is so nice to find a nice, reliable, reasonably-priced neighbourhood restaurant. One that isn’t too crowded so you don’t feel rushed when you’re trying to enjoy a meal and conversation. A spot with a good assortment of menu items so you don’t have to eat the same thing every time you go.

Even though Grazie Ristorante isn’t exactly in my neighbourhood, I manage to eat there a good number of times a year because it is across the street from a movie theatre which makes it a perfect pre-film spot. They have very fine pizzas and pasta and espresso. And a basket of bread to start, in case you are worried about not getting enough carbs per meal.

A favourite pasta from Grazie is Pasta Milano. When I wanted to recreate dish at home, I didn’t have to worry about talking someone at the restaurant into giving me the recipe or rely on my abilities to figure out how the pasta was put together because the restaurant published a collection of recipes to celebrate their 15th anniversary. The book is square and came in a cardboard box, just like a pizza. What fun!

Here’s what happens at my place…

Get some pasta cooking. This is linguini.

Linguini.

Linguini.

Grab some pre-cooked chicken from the refrigerator.

Cooked chicken breasts.

Cooked chicken breasts.

Get some snow peas;

Snow peas.

Snow peas.

sun-dried tomatoes; and

Sun-dried tomatoes.

Sun-dried tomatoes.

onions too.

Chopped onions.

Chopped onions.

Cook the onions in butter for 1-2 minutes.

Cook the onions in butter.

Cook the onions in butter.

Add the chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.

Chicken and sun-dried tomatoes are added.

Chicken and sun-dried tomatoes are added.

After cooking those for a couple of minutes, add the chicken stock…

Add the chicken stock (a whatfoodimade action shot!).

Add the chicken stock (a whatfoodimade action shot!).

and the cream.

And the cream too (another whatfoodimade action shot!).

And the cream too (another whatfoodimade action shot!).

Get some salt and pepper in there.

Add some salt and pepper.

Add some salt and pepper.

Cook a bit, to reduce the liquid.

Reducing the sauce.

Reducing the sauce.

Now add the snow peas.

Snow peas are added.

Snow peas are added.

Here’s the cooked, drained pasta.

Cooked linguini.

Cooked linguini.

Get the sauce into the drained pasta and toss to mix.

Add the sauce to the pasta and combine.

Add the sauce to the pasta and combine.

Pasta Milano is served.

Pasta Milano.

Pasta Milano.

From Mille Grazie: A Recipe of Memories.

Pasta Milano

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
5 oz. sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
10 oz. 35% cream
10 oz. chicken stock
1 cup snow peas, sliced into 1″ pieces
salt to taste
pepper to taste
500 g. linguini

Directions

Begin by cooking linguini in boiling salted (1 Tbsp.) water to al dente.

To make the sauce, add butter and onion to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Add grilled chicken and sun-dried tomatoes and sauté for 1 – 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, cream, salt and pepper, reducing sauce slightly. Add snow peas, then linguini just seconds later. Allow linguini to cook with sauce for 30 seconds and enjoy.

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