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A delicious Italian dish of pasta with
chicken in saffron tomato sauce, courtesy of chef Ken Calascione.
Pasta con Pollo in
- 1 pound pasta--short rigatoni or pennete
2 legs and 2 thighs of chicken
1 (28-ounce) can Italian tomatoes
2 pinches saffron
12 basil leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- Rinse the chicken under cold running water,
pat dry, and then remove the fat and any excess skin. Dice the
onion and tear the basil leaves. Pass the tomatoes through a
food mill to strain them and remove the seeds.
- Place the olive oil and chicken pieces
in a large pan over low-moderate heat and fry them until thoroughly
cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan, set aside and allow
- In the same pan, add the diced onions
and simmer until they become translucent, then pour in the strained
tomatoes. Bone and shred the chicken pieces then add the meat
to the tomato sauce. Add the saffron, basil, salt and pepper
to taste, stir, cover and simmer.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted
water to boil, add the pasta and cook al dente. Drain the pasta,
then add it to the sauce and stir until well incorporated.
- Transfer the pasta to individual bowls
and serve with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Note: This recipe calls for a short rigatoni
or pennete, but adapts well with egg fettuccine or tagliatelli.
Recipe courtesy of chef Ken Calascione.