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Pollo Rocco

plated pollo rocca and angel hair pasta

Ingredients

  • 8oz angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Colavita Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2″ strips
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained, julienned (I substituted diced, canned petite cut tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves (I substituted McCormick’s Italian Seasoning Blend, 4 grinds)
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, diced into 1/2 inch cubes (I removed these from my dish)
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese (I substituted 2 cups of Kraft Shredded Italian Cheese Blend)
  • 2 teaspoons Mediterranean spiced sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken strips and cook until pink is no longer visible and juices run clear, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  2. Boil water for pasta in a large pot. Add the pasta to boiling water.
  3. Add sun-dried tomatoes and garlic to skillet with chicken.
  4. saute for 2 minutes
  5. add the basil, red peppers, zucchini, fontina cheese, Mediterranean spiced sea salt and pepper to taste
  6. saute for 1 minute
  7. stir in heavy cream. Heat until bubbling throughout, stirring frequently.
  8. drain the pasta and transfer to a large platter
  9. add the chicken and vegetables to the top of the pasta and serve
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 – 5

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