Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

This pasta dish is heavenly. It looks fancy, tastes amazing and the kids love it. It's a nice meal to serve when you have guests over...and it's easy as can be to put together!

Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
Kate Jones & Sara Wells

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 oz. bowtie pasta (a little more than 3 cups) 
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup pesto (I just buy it for a faster meal, but you could make your own if desired)
1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425. Bring a large pot of water to boil.

2. Place tomatoes and mushrooms on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss with your fingers, making sure everything is coated. Sprinkle lightly with Kosher salt and black pepper. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until tomatoes look plump and some of the skins start to split.

3. When the water comes to a boil, add 2 tsp Kosher salt and pasta to the water and cook according to package directions. 

4. While the pasta is cooking, place the pine nuts in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir frequently until the nuts turn golden brown and look slightly glossy, about 7-9 minutes. 

5. To assemble, toss the hot drained pasta with pesto and Parmesan cheese. Top with tomatoes and mushrooms and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and additional Parmesan cheese if desired. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cream Cheese Chicken {Crockpot}

Super easy to throw together and perfect for that busy weeknight...My family loves this dish!

Cream Cheese Chicken in the Crockpot
Josey Hartman

6 1/2 chicken breasts (frozen)
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 package Italian dressing mix
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cube margarine

Layer in crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve over rice.