Thursday, October 18, 2012

Recipe Recap: Spicy Chicken Rigatoni.

Yummy in the tummy. 

By far this dish has created my most popular blog post back when I started blogging. Per Brian's request, on Tuesday night, I made Spicy Chicken Rigatoni from the Buca Di Beppo recipe. The reason I decided to re-post this recipe was because I really wanted to feature its versatility. Although I did not get many photos of this, we also tried topping the sauce on spaghetti squash. If you didn't know this already, spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta. With sauce, it tastes identical to angel hair pasta minus the guilty carbohydrates. 

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni

What you need:
- 1 box of cooked Rigatoni, or Spaghetti Squash
- 1 lb chicken, sliced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 Tbs crushed red pepper
- 1 Tbs garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
- 1/4 cup peas (I used a whole can)
- additional 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper for garnish

In a saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, and garlic. Saute long enough for garlic to caramelize and red pepper to release flavor into the oil. Add sliced chicken and saute briefly to coat in spices and garlic. Add marinara sauce first and then Alfredo sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook until sauce thickens slightly. Turn off flame and add peas. Stir sauce and add cooked pasta tossing gently. Garnish with crushed red pepper and serve. 

Carly whipped up some shaved Brussels sprouts and bacon.

And the individual photos begin...

After dinner we walked over to a park by our apartment, played frisbee, and hung out in the jungle gym. It was so much fun to get outside in the beautiful weather and run around a little. Active activities (whoa, alliteration!) are definitely going to be an after dinner routine. We decided to walk over to Country Bar and Grill, the twin cities #1 dive bar, for a drink before calling it a night. Have you ever been there? This place is cool, has really cheap drinks, and great people watching. I found this picture of the place online from city pages. The funny thing about this bar is that they don't actually play country music or attract a "country" type of crowd.