Monday, April 26, 2010

Ziti with Chicken and Brocolli

While browsing recipes the other day, I found this one for Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli in a White Wine Cheddar Sauce that looked interesting. I debated on whether to post this one or not because I didn't really care for it...but taste is very subjective and one of you may fall in love with it! I didn't care for the wine sauce or the white cheddar...or the combination of those two maybe. I can see the potential of the recipe and think that I would like it minus the wine and with a different cheese sauce. I'll have to put that on my list! But if you enjoy white wine, this recipe might be right up your alley! :-)

1 lb Ziti
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup roasted garlic paste (roast garlic in oven)
3 tbsp flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken stock
1 large head of broccoli, cut in florets
2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
3 oz extra sharp cheddar (preferably white), grated
4-6 thin strips of Parmesan cheese (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil and cook Ziti to al dente.
2. Lightly steam broccoli and set aside.
3. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. When butter starts foaming, add garlic paste and cook about 1 minute. Add flour and cook about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook for 1 minute. Stir broth into pan and simmer sauce until thickened- about 2 minutes. Add cheddar and stir while returning to a boil. Fold in cooked Ziti and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add broccoli and chicken and stir.
4. Plate and top with Parmesan slices if desired.


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