Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chicken and bacon pasta sauce

Pasta is quick and simple to make. You can have restaurant quality pasta dishes when you make your own sauce with fresh ingredients. There are endless variations of pasta sauces. Here is one that is NOT vegetarian.


10 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 jalapeño peppers
½ medium size yellow or red onion
2-3 garlic cloves
1 chicken breast or 5-6 chicken tenders cut in small pieces
handful of cut up smoked bacon
1/4 cup red wine
5 cups cut fresh tomatoes (or 3 small cans)

Have all the ingredients ready and cut up before you start. You can use any kind of tomatoes, or mix and match like I did. Roma tomatoes are especially good for sauces.

Jalapenos can be pretty hot, so if you don't like spicy food, you can take out the seeds and the sauce will be mild.

Heat the oil in a large skillet together with cut up jalapeno peppers and bacon.

Add chicken and fry over medium heat. Salt it and stir well so that the chicken can fry evenly on all sides. Then add finely chopped onions and garlic. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the onions are soft. Pour wine into the skillet and scrape the bottom.

Lower the heat and add tomatoes. Cook covered for another 20 minutes, mixing periodically. Than add chopped oregano and and salt to taste.

For more flavor, you can use other herbs such as thyme and basil. Mixed Italian seasoning works well too.


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