I am so happy to have a recipe from my sister, Sandy, actually I have three. She is so cute and so sweet and smart, but she is really better known for making reservations than making dinner. I really don't blame her, if I lived that close to that many fabulous restaurants I wouldn't cook either. She lives in California with her sweet husband, Mac, and their beautiful daughter Biz. They live not far from my favorite grocery on earth, check it out, http://www.oakvillegrocery.com/. If I could I would pitch a tent and live in the parking lot. You will love this Sandy dish.
I love California cooking, fresh flavors, simple and healthier than Southern cooking. Not better than, because I do love butter and bacon grease.
Asparagus, Chicken, and Pecan Pasta
(leftovers are even more delicious)
1 16-ounce package of penne pasta (or use egg noodles or fettuccine)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 bunches asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (only use fresh basil, it makes all the difference)
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound grilled chicken breast strips, cut into bite size
1 1/2 cuts grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pecan halves
Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Stir in garlic, red pepper, and asparagus; cook and stir 5 minutes until the garlic softens and mellows. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer until the vegetables have softened, then add the basil, salt, pepper, butter and chicken. Cook and stir a few minutes until the chicken is hot. Stir in the cooked pasta, then fold in the Parmesan cheese and pecan halves to serve. SOOO YUMMY
Oh!, did I forget to mention they have friends that are "chefs". You know this baby is good.