Spinach, Artichoke and Chicken Penne
- 1 pound penne rigate or whole wheat or whole grain penne rigate
- 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, 2 small pieces
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 to 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Black pepper
- 2 slightly rounded tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup cream or whole milk
- A few grates of nutmeg
- 1 cup grated Asiago or provolone cheese
- 1 10-ounce box chopped frozen spinach, defrosted, wrung dry and separated
- 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts in water, drained well and chopped
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Yields: Serves 4
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta. Salt water and cook pasta to al dente.
Meanwhile, poach chicken. Place chicken in small pan and add water to top of meat but do not cover completely. Add bay leaf and bring to a boil, reduce heat and gently simmer to cook through 10-12 minutes. Shred meat into small pieces with forks or dice into small pieces.
While chicken cooks heat EVOO in large, deep sauté pan over medium heat. Melt butter into oil and add onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle flour over cooked onions and garlic and stir 1 minute then whisk in white wine. Add stock and stir 1 minute then stir in cream and season with nutmeg. Thicken sauce a couple of minutes over low heat then stir in spinach and artichokes and heat through, melt Asiago or provolone cheese into sauce and turn off heat.
Drain pasta and toss with sauce and chicken to combine, adjust salt and pepper to your taste. Garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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