On the heels of a new week, Sunday’s are the perfect days for big sit down dinners with the family. We don’t get to do it every day but whenever we do it’s a nice treat. It’s an even better dinner when we all can enjoy the same thing.
Tonight’s dinner was inspired by a meal I saw Ree Drummond prepare on “The Pioneer Woman”, one of my favorite cooking shows. She made “Chicken Mozzarella Pasta” and hers inspired my own version that I created tonight for my family. Like her recipe, mine boasts cubed chicken breasts, fresh mozzarella and parsley. My version also included slices of sautéed andouille sausages for that extra kick of flavor.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s pretty straightforward. It’s a great combination of fresh and store bought ingredients. I was confident in my flavors but a little hesitant…my husband is not a big fan of pasta. So I knew if I could tickle his palette, I might could pull it off with the kids.
Please use fresh mozzarella in your pasta, the cheesiness is ridiculous. This pasta was absolutely amazing! I knew my husband approved when he couldn’t stop eating it out of the pan. And all of my kids loved it including Cassius who typically eats only cheese pizzas and chicken nuggets.
I served this deliciousness with sliced Italian bread and a chopped romaine salad with bacon, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers and sharp cheddar cheese. Generous coverage of black pepper and seasoned croutons over top the salad was the perfect compliment to this hearty Italian feast.
I am so pleased with how this came out, it definitely passed the Pleasants seal of approval. This will be one of my recipes included in my book, “A Very Pleasant Home”.
A great quick and easy clean up dessert was Food Lion Cookies and Cream ice cream sandwiches or the Banana Split ones…2 for $4.00 . I even cut my kids in halves so they wouldn’t waste them.
The week ahead is looking good already and this was the perfect meal to start it with! Follow my blog for more successful meal ideas!
Have a great week!
A Very Pleasant Mom