Pasta is tossed with a delicious, slow simmered creamy marinara sauce that has a nice spicy kick to it.
Ready in: 1hour5minutes
2Tbspextra virgin olive oil
1/2cupchopped yellow onion
3 - 4clovesgarlic, minced
1(28 oz) cancrushed tomatoes*
2 1/2Tbspchopped fresh basil
1 1/2tspchopped fresh rosemary
1tspchopped fresh thyme
1 - 3tspcrushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/4cupshalf and half
3ozfinely shredded parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
3cupscooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into small strips
3/4cupbaby peas, cooked
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onion and saute until tender, about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing.
Add in crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a bubble then reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes - 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly.
Cook pasta to al dente according to directions listed on package. Meanwhile, in a separate medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly 1 minute.
While whisking, slowly pour in half and half. Bring mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly (mixture should be thick). Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour creamy white sauce into red sauce and stir to blend. Drain cooked pasta, return to pot along with cooked chicken and toss with sauce mixture.
Place over low heat and let cook several minutes, allowing sauce time to absorb into noodles. Serve warm garnished with peas, additional parmesan and more red pepper flakes as desired.
*If you wanted to make this recipe quicker, you could reduce the amount of crushed tomatoes to 2 1/2 cups (instead of the whole can) and add in 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp of tomato paste to thicken the sauce without have to simmer so long. I'd then reduce the simmer time to 15 minutes just to give the herbs time to meld.