Monday, August 1, 2011

Chicken Ragu

Another great pasta night with one of Rachael's pasta recipe which my family enjoys. It is tasty and delicious. Definitely one that is worth cooking again.  


I skipped the pancetta, did not have any and I replaced the marsala wine with white wine.  I can imagine how much tastier it will be with both the pancetta and marsala wine.








I'm sharing this with
Saturdays with Rachael Ray at Taste and Tell
Cookbook Sundays at Mom's Sunday Cafe
Celebrity Cook-Along, Rachael Ray at Happier Than A Pig In Mud

Chicken Ragu
(adapted from "Rachael Ray's Look+Cook" by Rachael Ray)
Serves 4
Salt
1 pound whole-wheat or whole-grain rigatoni or other short cut pasta
3 tablespoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
1/4 pound pancetta, a couple thick slices, cut into fine dice
1-1/2 pounds chicken thighs, chopped into small bite-size pieces
1 medium to large onion, chopped
2 to 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Black pepper
1 carrot, peeled
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup Marsala, a couple glugs (I use white wine)
1 (28-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
A handful of fresh basil leaves, torn


Heat a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water when it boils and cook the pasta to al dente.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the EVOO over medium-high heat. Brown the pancetta for 3 to 4 minutes, then add another tablespoon of EVOO. Add the chicken and brown evenly for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onions, rosemary and garlic, then season with salt and pepper. Grate the carrot with a box grater directly into the pan and stir in. Add the bay leaf and cook until the vegetables are soft, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the wine to the chicken and vegetables, stir and reduce for a minute, then add the tomatoes and crush them with a wooden spoon. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken the sauce and combine the flavours. Drain the pasta and toss wtih the chicken ragu and cheese. Discard the bay leaf. Garnish with some torn basil. Serve immediately.



30 comments:

  1. This comfort food looks fine. :)

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  2. Mmmmmm! Great work night meal :)

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  3. full of flavors ~ nice preparation!
    US Masala

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  4. Mouthwatering! tasty and aromatic too!! i can easily finish the whole plate in 3 minutes!!

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  5. Great idea using chicken! It is good to take a break from using meat in red sauce.

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  6. Girl! This looks unbelievable. Best pasta dish by far to me and I love you used chicken! Wow! Love this

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  7. Yum! This looks hearty and delicious!

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  8. That looks absolutely delicious and hearty. Thanks for participating in Saturdays with Rachael Ray!!

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  9. Oh I somehow missed this recipe from her book, Joy, I'm going to look for it now. Looks so yummy and I almost always have chicken thighs in the freezer. Yum!

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  10. A blunt plate looks amazing, I love, big hugs.

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  11. Awesome Rachel Ray pasta dish. This looks hearty, soulful and very inviting. No doubt that your family enjoyed it.

    Velva

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  12. I love ragu...beautiful pasta dish!

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  13. A really tasty and satisfying pasta dish!

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  14. Mouth watering pasta dish and shall definitely try it with pancetta!

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  15. Yum! What a tasty dish and it looks pretty great also! Ragu is awesome and you did it proud and so did RR!

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  16. Joy, Another great meal you have made! I have never cooked with that specific type of tomatoes, but I would like to find some and make this for our dinner.

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  17. We like pasta nights too. :) This pasta dish looks tasty!
    Hope you had a great weekend and have a good week ahead!

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  18. wow love this recipe and the colors!

    http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/event-berries-strawberry-desserts.html

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  19. Chicken ragu is one of my very favorites! This looks excellent! So super comforting.

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  20. Hello, I was longing to come by and see these delicacies you do. This pasta dish is wonderful. I loved it. Best wishes, Marta

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  21. Great meal for this time of year. Looks so scrumptious! :D Love the photos, very nice job!

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  22. This pasta dish looks fabulous, so tasty with the chicken ragu...a perfect meal.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

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  23. That's perfect comfort food. My children will be thrilled to have this. Hope you have a great day.

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  24. I've made this before and it is really delicious! The marsala and pancetta bring it to a whole new level!

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  25. this sounds so delicious to be added to my meal plan for sure

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  26. Joy thanks so much for sharing this great entree with Cookbook Sundays!

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  27. This looks like a great meal that everyone would love! Lots of big flavors! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Cook-Along:@)

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