Monday, June 22, 2009

Fettuccine with Chicken, Mushroom and Argula Sauce

This is an elegant, rustic pasta dish that would be perfect for a fairly quick evening meal or a formal dinner. Even if you're not usually a big fan of mushrooms, you should give this sauce a try. The mushrooms are a very subtle addition, well balanced by the tangy balsamic vinegar. It's really tasty. I think I'm actually going to go have the leftovers tempting me in the fridge.

Fettuccine with Chicken and Mushroom Sauce
Recipe from Gourmet October 2008
Pictures by Caroline

1 1/2 cups mushrooms
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 chicken breasts, broiled and shredded
1 small red onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon chopped rosemary
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes in juice
1 pound fettuccine
6 ounces arugula, coarsely chopped* (about 8 cups)
  1. Pulse mushrooms and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet and cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add mushroom mixture, rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, about 1o minutes.
  5. Add arugula to sauce and stir until wilted. Stir in drained pasta and cook 1 minute.
  6. Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.
*If you're not a fan of arugula, substitute spinach.


Rebekah said...

At what point do you add the tomatoes?

two little chefs said...

Ooops! Sorry, I just added the missing step!

Clayton said...

I made this last night and it was quite good. If you use the whole pound of fettuccine, its a ton for two people, but that's kinda nice because it leaves a lot of leftovers.
Instead of canned tomatoes, I tried three fresh tomatoes and a little bit of water. It worked pretty well, although it could even stand one more tomato maybe.

Jessie said...

CJL made this the other night, while his parents were in town. I really liked the taste combination of the tomatoes and vinegar. Also, I was glad that he got to shred the chicken, rather than having me do it :)

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