Main Dish

Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This is a Martha Stewart recipe.  I served it over spinach leaves, it added pretty color and the heat of the pasta wilted the spinach nicely.  Our family really enjoyed this dish.


6 Tbl butter
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 lb penne rigate
1 tsp olive oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour (spooned and leveled)
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups milk
10 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups shredded provolone or mozzarella
1 cup finely grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400°.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish.  In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta al dente; drain pasta, and return to pot.  In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high.  Season chicken with salt and pepper, cook until opaque.  In a large heavy pot, melt butter over medium.  Add flour and garlic; cook, whisking, 1 minute.  While whisking, gradually add milk; bring to a simmer, whisking frequently.  Add mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, cook 1 minute.  Remove from heat, gradually stir in provolone or mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan.  Add chicken and pasta to pot, season with salt and pepper. Pour pasta mixture into baking dish, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.  Bake, uncovered, until top is golden and bubbling, about 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Serve over a bed of baby spinach leaves if desired.

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Main Dish, Yeast Breads

Homemade Pizza

Welcome to Monday Night Pizza at our house.  Most of the time I use turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, low fat mozzarella and veggies to help us feel better about eating pizza.  We think it tastes great!

Homemade Pizza

Pizza Crust:
2 pkg yeast
1½ cups warm water (110°)
4 tsp sugar
4 Tbl olive oil
1½ tsp salt
4 cups flour

Sprinkle yeast over warm water, sprinkle sugar over yeast.  When yeast if foamy, add salt, oil, and flour.  knead.  Let rise in warm place until doubled.  Divide dough in half.  Stretch or roll each piece into a 10-12 inch circle.  Place dough on pizza pan that has been prepared with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal.  Let rise 10-20 minutes.  Preheat oven to 500°.  Prebake each crust for 4-5 minutes (if desired for crisper crust), remove and spread with sauce, cheese, and toppings.  Bake additional 5-7 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Homemade Pizza Slices

Pizza Sauce:
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
oregano, basil, garlic powder

You choose your spices to taste, stir together.  Spread half on each crust.

Toppings:
low fat mozzarella
turkey sausage, browned
turkey pepperoni
sliced mushrooms
sliced yellow, orange, and green peppers
sliced black olives