Chicken Manicotti

this serves 6 or more so you can reduce and you can definitely spice it up with your own little touches of Italian.  have fun!
you will need…
IMG00293 28 oz of your favorite tomato pasta sauce 
1/2  cup chicken broth 
seasoning salt 
chicken breast tenders (uncooked) 
manicotti pasta shells, uncooked 
1 cup shredded Italian cheese 
Chopped fresh basil leaves
Heat oven to 350. Mix pasta sauce with water.  Spread about one third of the sauce in ungreased 13×9 baking dish.  Sprinkle garlic salt on chicken.  Insert chicken into uncooked shells, stuffing each end of shell to fill if necessary. Place shells on pasta sauce in baking dish.  Pour remaining sauce evenly over shells, covering completely.  Cover tightly with foil. 
Bake about 1 hour or until shells are tender  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake uncovered about 5 minutes or until melted.  Sprinkle with basil.
It’s yummy and again SO EASY!!


Ta-Da Pasta and Parm

1/2 box of your favorite pasta (I like Angel Hair)
1 cup parmesan
1 cup pasta water
3 T butter
Nutmeg (how much ever you like)

Boil pasta as suggested. While the pasta’s cooking, grate 1 cup of parmesan into a bowl. You must do this is because if you do it over the pasta you’ll never add enough Parmesan.  Now this is key. RESERVE 1 CUP of the pasta water and then drain the rest. Melt butter in the pasta pot. Then add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on what you like) of the pasta water. It will sizzle. Let reduce for a few seconds and grate fresh nutmeg over it. Now add the pasta, toss around, and add the cup of Parmesan. Stir and EAT! DELISH and oh so comforting after a long day at work!

COOKS NOTE: Tonight I am trying out another new item I picked up at Trader Joes it is Lemon Pepper Pappardelle. It is super lemony. I love, love, love lemon but to me it was a FAKE tasting lemon. Not my fav. Did however, love the pappardelle and will try another one on my next trip.