It's been a busy, busy week around the home front. Tonight I wanted to surprise everyone with one of their favorite home-cooked meals - Chicken Parmesan with Creamy Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta. Imagine your favorite pesto...loaded up with a burst of flavor from sundried tomatoes and fresh herbs. This serves as a wonderful base for one of the tastiest pasta sauces ever.
It's been so tropical and steamy outside that our garden has taken off like crazy, and I've got more fresh herbs than I hardly know what to do with. I love picking them fresh - the aroma and flavor make me happy! Once upon a time I had thoughts of an old-fashioned English garden with mint and herbs growing up all around the garden stones, but life gets in the way, and who has time to weed garden stones as well as a garden? Skipper replaced some windows with a French patio door for us this week, and I'm loving all of the sunshine and green from the garden flowing into the house. And if I'm lucky, there may be some new garden paths in the future...and even more fresh herbs!
But let's get back to this Chicken Parmesan! Seriously good, seriously traditional. Sometimes I pound the chicken breasts nice and flat, other times I leave them thick to fry up nice and moist. A simple breading, a few minutes in a hot skillet, and they finish up baking in the oven - ready in less than half an hour!
I start by making a Sundried Tomato Pesto that will create the base for the Creamy Sundried Tomato Sauce. This sauce is OUT OF THIS WORLD wonderful with all of the basil and other fresh herbs and sundried tomatoes just adding layer after wonderful layer of flavor, and makes a perfect dinner even without the Chicken Parm, as a standalone pasta dish.
Perfectly creamy and dreamy!
If you're like me, you're also trying to sneak lots of vegies into your family every chance you get. They will never guess that there is squash in here in a million years!
I like that you can keep the sauce chunky, or create a creamier texture with your immersion blender. Either way, this sauce just shines!
Another bonus is that this recipes saves me a lot of time and money. Whenever I make it, my entire family exclaims that it is better than ANYTHING you can get at a restaurant. With six kids, being able to make something fresh and wonderful at home beats going out any day of the week - and the leftovers are pretty fabulous too!
And a glass of my favorite wine while I'm making this? Priceless!
Hope that you give this a try and love it as much as we do!
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