Foodie Friday: Cajun Chicken Pasta

Have you entered my Mara’s Pasta giveaway yet?

When I was a kid, I was a HUGE pasta junkie! My family always knew that if we were doing big dinners, as long as there was a big bowl of buttered noodles on the table, I was good to go. I ate other things, but pasta was go-to. I definitely went back in time a bit on the honeymoon; once I tasted the fresh, homemade pasta in Italy, it was all I wanted! Maybe that’s a lie.. I wanted lots of gelato and wine too. But I digress..

As I mentioned the other day, a few weeks ago, I received a package from Mara’s Pasta. I was excited to make a fresh, summery pasta dish with my new treats. I also knew that whatever I was making, I wanted it to be an quick and easy dish that I could make after work. Enter the dish below. Having leftover grilled corn on the cob and using canned tomatoes helped pull this dish together in a jiffy! And don’t forget the splash of red wine. As Nathan says, you should never miss the opportunity to add alcohol to your food. 😉

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Serves 4

Cajun Chicken Pasta Maras Artisan Barr and Table

Ingredients
– 1 16oz box Mara’s Fettuccine
– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– Cajun seasoning [I used McCormick]
– 1/2 red onion; sliced
– 2 grilled ears of corn; cut off the cob
– 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes [I used Hunt’s]
– 2 cloves garlic; minced
– Splash of red wine
– EVOO
– Grated parmesan cheese

Directions
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box, removing from the water 1-2 minutes before completely cooked. It will be going back into the pot, so you want to make sure it still has a nice bite to it.

While the pasta is cooking, bring a grill pan up to heat. Season your chicken with cajun seasoning, drizzle some EVOO on the pan, and cook the chicken about 8-10 minutes per side until completely cooked through.

After the pasta is cooked and while the chicken is cooking, return the pot to the stove at medium heat. Add a drizzle of EVOO to the pot where you cooked your pasta. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the corn and garlic into the pot and saute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Finally, add in the tomatoes with liquid and splash of red wine. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Turn the heat down to low and toss the pasta back in with the sauce. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is fully coating the pasta. Cut the chicken into thin slices, add some pasta to a bowl, and top with the sliced chicken and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

Food for Thought

What was your favorite food as a kid?

Barr Bites: A New Venture

Holy moly, it’s been too long since my last post! Between crazy projects at work and the Orioles games (so sad!), last week was insane and I missed my blog so much. In the meantime, I’ve taken on a new business venture. It was kind of an accident, but there are no complaints here!

There are only so many times I could hear “If I pay you, will you make my lunches?” until I respond, “No. Really. I will!”

And that’s how Barr Bites was born.

Last week, I made one of my coworkers 3 lunches for the week:

Barr Bites Eating Bird Food Holiday Kale Salad Butternut Squash Red Pepper Salmon Pasta

I adjusted the recipes to her likes and dislikes and was pleased to have gotten rave reviews and a request for more meals this week! This is huge coming from a picky pregnant lady 😉

Barr & Table Bites Amber Valero

Barr & Table Bites Amber Valero

And even more exciting, not only did she request meals for this week, but word spread and I ended up with 3 additional coworkers asking for meals! Nathan loves it too.. he is definitely enjoying reaping all of the benefits of having 1 or 2 extra servings of each dish in the house!

Barr & Table Bites Nathan Lehnhoff

But I’d have to say my favorite part of the entire process, besides making everyone so happy, is getting to test out new recipes. I recently posted a Weekender Top 5; my list of recipes that I wanted to test out over the weekend, but it doesn’t always work out since Nathan and I can only eat so much! By making food for other people, I get to try out even more recipes that I’ve been oogling.

This week’s menu is another fun mix:

So far, so good! Though there are a few small kinks to work out of the system (like my fridge situation..), I look forward to continuing to grow.

Barr & Table Bites Lunch to Go Refrigerator

Uh oh.. looks like I need more room!

Food for Thought

What is your most recent exciting venture, business or otherwise?