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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Chicken

Have you ever had one of those nights where you look in your fridge and pantry and wonder what in the world you are going to make with the few items you have on hand.  Well, this happens to me more often than I would like to admit, but I have made-up some great recipes this way and this is one of them.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Chicken


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Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 lbs of cooked chicken sliced or cubed
  2. 1 lb of cooked pasta (your choice, I tend to use penne)
  3. 2 Roasted Red Peppers or 12 oz jar of Roasted Red Peppers
  4. 1/3 cup pine nuts
  5. 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  6. 4 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  7. 8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
  8. 3/4 – 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  9. Salt and Pepper
  10. Reserved Pasta Water
  11. Fresh Basil

Directions

Add your garlic cloves (I use more than directed, because I’m a garlic fanatic) and pine nuts in your food processor (a blender should work too). Then add your olive oil.  Process until ingredients make a paste.  Add your roasted red peppers to the processor and puree.  Then add your Mascarpone Cheese and blend again.  Transfer to a bowl. Then, add your shredded Parmesan cheese. At this point I taste the mixture and add salt and pepper to suit our tastes.  When I cook pasta and make sauces I always save some of the starchy pasta water. This sauce is quite thick, so I add some of the reserved pasta water to thin it out a bit. Just add however much you want to get to the consistency you would like your sauce to be.  Add the sauce to your pasta and cooked chicken, and garnish with basil (The basil is a must! It really makes the dish). Enjoy!!

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Add your garlic cloves (I use more than directed, because I’m a garlic fanatic) and pine nuts in your food processor (a blender should work too).  Then add your olive oil.

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Process until ingredients make a paste

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Add your roasted red peppers to the processor and puree

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Then add your Mascarpone Cheese and blend again

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Transfer to a bowl.  Then, add your shredded Parmesan cheese.  At this point I taste the mixture and add salt and pepper to suit our tastes.

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When I cook pasta and make sauces I always save some of the starchy pasta water.  This sauce is quite thick, so I add some of the reserved pasta water to thin it out a bit.  Just add however much you want to get to the consistency you would like your sauce to be.

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Add the sauce to your pasta and cooked chicken, and garnish with basil (The basil is a must!  It really makes the dish).  Enjoy!!

Creamy Crock Pot Potato Soup

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Yesterday when we woke up it was a freezing 39 degrees outside.  So, before I jetted off to the gym I put some potato soup together in the crock pot.

Now, this recipe is a base recipe, and you can really add a lot to it if you want.  If you would like to have Parmesan Potato Soup, save the rind of your Parmesan cheese in the freezer and add it to this base.  You will wind up with a cheesy potato heaven.  Or, you can add 1-2 Tbs of fresh rosemary.  My husband sometimes asks me to add chili powder or chili pepper flakes.  As you can see, you can add whatever flavors you like, or you can stick with just creamy potato soup.

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Chop 5 lbs of russet potatoes into about 1/2 in cubes.  Leave the skins on!  Add them to your crock pot.  To that dice half a yellow onion.  Then, grate, mince, or chop 10-12 cloves of garlic.  Sprinkle 1 Tbs of seasoning salt on top.

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Pour 2 quarts of stock in on to your mixture of potatoes, onion, and spices.  I know it looks like it could overflow when cooking, but I promise you it will not.

Set crock pot on low for 10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

Once finished add 16 oz of low fat cream cheese (sometimes I just use 8 oz if I’m trying to be healthier).  I then use a food processor to blend the soup to a creamy consistency.  However, if you are lucky enough to have a hand immersion blender use that instead.  Once you have the soup blended add salt and pepper, and I usually add about 1 cup of milk at this point too.

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I bake up some bacon in the oven to sprinkle on top of the soup.  Plus bacon makes everything better!

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Garnish with your favorite toppings!

Creamy Crock Pot Potato Soup:

  • 5 pounds russet potatoes, washed but NOT peeled. Diced into 1/2 in cubes
  • 1/2 medium/large yellow onion, diced
  • 10-12 cloves of garlic, minced (I use a small grater and grate the garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 2 qts organic chicken stock or broth
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened (I use low fat)
  • About 1 c milk
  • optional garnishes: crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, green onions

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup Directions:

  1. Add potatoes, onion, garlic, seasoning, and chicken stock to slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 10 hours.
  3. Add the softened cream cheese and puree soup with an immersion blender or in a regular blender until the cheese is incorporated and the soup is blended to the consistency you like. Add salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
  4. Stir well, top with your choice of garnishes and dive in!