I was working from home the other day, Food Network humming in the background, and I caught the tail end of Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals. By tail end, I mean the last 2 minutes where she puts together her meal presentation and devours it in front of you.I love Rachael Ray, but after being on air for 10 years, sometimes she has to get a little creative. I mean, how many 30 minute meals can one person come up with? This one was a doozey- Chicken Caesar Pasta. I am a fairweather salad fan but stick a Caesar Salad in front of me and it will be toast in 30 seconds. Something to do with the dressing, cheese, and croutons that make it barely resemble a salad....
So, if you take the amazing taste out of the salad and you slather it over some pasta, I can't imagine how this flavor combo could get any better. I hadn't seen her make it, but I knew it had to be delicious so I found the recipe and whipped it up for dinner this week.
You can find Rachael's (we're on a first name basis) original recipe here. I have slightly altered it to make it more convenient and slightly lighten it up.
Chicken Caesar Pasta
Makes 4 servings
Start to finish: 30 minutes
2 8oz chicken breasts
8 tsp homemade or store bought pesto
8oz whole wheat spaghetti
9oz fresh spinach
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
juice from one lemon
1/2 cup shredded Romano cheese
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup water
I hope you have prepared yourself for an explosion of Caesar flavor, because that is exactly what you'll get by making this recipe.
You have two 8oz chicken breasts in front of you, but this recipe makes 4 servings. The way we are going to approach this is by pounding out the chicken to a half inch thickness.
Put on a pot of water for the pasta. Boil til al dente. Save 1/3 cup of the pasta water before draining.
Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is thoroughly heated, turn the heat down to medium and add the anchovies. Cook these until they melt into the oil, which will take a couple minutes.
Crack open an egg and separate the white from the yolk. Only the yolk is necessary in this recipe. Beat it up until it's just a liquid.
Stir in the egg mixture with the pasta/greens.
All hail Caesar.