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Bell pepper pasta with chicken

This is the main course I whipped up last night. It took a bit of time and effort, but it was well worth both!

So, here goes. Recipe numero tre:

BELL PEPPER PASTA WITH (STEAMED) CHICKEN

Ingredients: One 14-ounce package whole wheat fettuccine, 2 medium red bell peppers, 3-4 large cloves of garlic, ~1 tablespoon powdered garlic, 1/2 sweet onion, 3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, 1 jar/can of low/no sodium tomato sauce (or low/no sodium tomato paste, albeit I add spices, such as ground lemon, pepper, and basil among others to perk up non-spiced sauce) [optional: sea salt and cheese]

Preparation:

(1) Place the chicken breasts in your steamer of choice. Steam until desired doneness, cut into cubes, place in bowl and cover.

(2) While steaming, bring ~4 quarts of water to a rolling boil (optional: I most often add a pinch of sea salt and cover to speed boiling time). Add fettuccine to boiling water (optional: add a splash of olive oil to help prevent sticking) . Stir occasionally until desired doneness, strain, and replace in pan. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon (tip: use a lemon squeezer to avoid seeds) into fresh pasta and add ~1 tablespoon powdered garlic. Add ~ 16-24 ounces of low/no sodium tomato sauce (I used Francesco Rinaldi Traditional Pasta Sauce with no added salt, which has a surprisingly short and relatively healthful ingredient list and good flavor).

(3) While steaming and boiling, wash,  remove stem/core/seeds, and dice 2 medium red bell peppers. Peel and dice 3-4 large cloves of garlic and 1/2 sweet onion. (tip: use your food processor to make quick work of slicing/dicing!) Toss diced peppers, garlic, and onion into your preferred saute pan (I prefer a wok) and saute over medium to low heat pan until desired doneness, then leave on lowest heat (if using gas stove, otherwise remove from heat). (tips: I prefer not to add oil, but occasionally will, and I cover the contents with a lid that fits into instead of onto the wok to speed cooking time)

Bell peppers, garlic, onion

4) Add cubed chicken to sautéed peppers, garlic, onions. Stir and cover for ~1-2 minutes. Then, add to pasta, stir, and serve!

With a bit of practice you can time this meal perfectly and, with the mentioned accessories/pans (e.g. steamer, lemon juicer, wok, and food processor) it can be relatively quick and easy to make!

For an extra kick, add a bit of cheese. I tossed one thin slice of parmesan on my plate of pasta. Enjoy ! 😀

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