Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Pasta with Spinach Sauce and Leftover Roast Chicken
The best thing about making roast chicken is left overs. I love spinach , and now adays baby spinach is available in one of the shops in Male'. If unavailable I sometimes use a local green known as Boavelli or water spinach (kangkung). I had this can of Nestle cream sitting in the cupboard, its a bit thick so I used a little milk to thin it down.You can use regular cream.
Recipe Creamy Spinach Sauce : recipe adapted from the book The complete pasta cookbook by family circle.
200g baby spinach or kangkung (leaves only )
1 tbsp butter
a little olive oil
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 can Nestle cream ( or use regular thick cream)
1 cup (250ml) water
1 chicken or vegetable stock cube.
1 cup of chopped cooked chicken ( 1 inch cubes of roast chicken)
a little milk
salt and pepper
Spinach or plain Fettuccine
1. Bring a pan of water to boil , seasoned generously with salt. Once it boils add pasta and cook till al dente' remove 1/4 cup of cooking liquid and drain the rest to a colander.
2.Place a large , deep frying pan over a medium heat and melt your butter and a little drizzle of olive oil. Add garlic and saute till they release their aroma and starts to go soft. Don't let the garlic burn.
3. Stir in chilli flakes ,water and crumble in the stock cube. Bring to a slow boil and add the spinach. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Remove lid, the spinach should be wilted and but bright green.
4. Remove from heat and cool a little , place in a blender and and blend to a smooth puree.
5. Pour the mixture back into the pan, stir in cream and a little milk to thin down the sauce ( about a few tablespoons). taste and season generously with pepper ans salt to taste. Make sure you taste before adding salt as the stock cubes can be quite salty.
6. Add the cooked fettucine , along with the cooked/ roast chicken cubes into the spinach sauce, toss with the help of tongs , adding a little of the cooking liquid to loosen up the sauce a bit. Serve .