Hello , darling .
Welcome to another episode of Curries and stories .
Today I'm going to make my Friday go to meal before I go out for the weekend , if you know what I mean .
So this is penne pasta cooked in a lovely chicken and mushroom creamy sauce .
Great to lie on your stomach if you've got a weekend of drinking .
So over here , I've got a pan with some water .
I'm gonna get that ready to boil .
Well , it is going to be boiling soon .
So while I'm waiting for my water to boil , I'm going to get on with the sauce .
So hobs on .
I'm gonna put a bit of oil in here , and this is just a regular olive oil .
So into that , I'm gonna put about four or five cloves of garlic .
Now , really , this dish I only make you know when I've got nothing left in the fridge and I say , Oh , what have I got in there ?
Usually I have some chicken .
I'll have a bit of garlic kicking about and some pasta .
So this is kind of , you know , a quick go to meal before I start my Friday night .
So my water's boiling keep an eye on your garlic , make sure it doesn't burn .
I put a bit of salt in there season that I've got a packet of pa penne pasta , so I'm just gonna put a bit of pasta in there .
About half a packet .
Cook the pasta according to the instructions .
Now my garlic is almost browning .
We don't want to brown too much .
Add in one chopped onion and now cook that all we want to do is we want the onion to soften .
Some onions have softened .
Now I'm using some dried thyme you can use fresh , but the reason I'm using dry is cos it's got a stronger flavour , and it's a bit more pungent .
And also I'm using some dried mixed Italian herbs .
Put about half a teaspoon in there , or so give that a nice little stir and a bit of black pepper .
Now I like a fiery hit from the pepper , so I'm gonna add a little bit extra season With a little bit of salt , you can always add later and stir .
It's a really simple quick meal to throw together , even if you've got a guest coming , and it's a last minute thing easy to chuck together .
I've got half a kilo of chicken here .
Boneless thigh in that goes .
And now cook the chicken until it's halfway or three quarters .
Way cooked and we should take about seven minutes .
Now it's just a little waiting game .
Keep an eye on your pasta .
You don't want that to get too overcooked and they turn to mush .
All right , My pasta head is eight minutes , so I'm gonna turn this off and I'm gonna go and quickly drain it , OK ?
I've drained my pasta , but I've left a little bit of the water that the pasta was cooking in the pan .
It'll just help make some sauce and also prevent the pasta from getting all cloy right .
My chicken is looking amazing .
Now into that , I'm gonna add some mushrooms .
I've got a packet of mushrooms .
I'm just kicking it back in my fridge .
Pop those in .
So it's looking a little dry at the moment .
But don't worry about it , because the mushrooms will release a lot of liquid .
This pasta is a really nice creamy pasta as well .
And my younger brother thinks those things He loves creamy pasta .
So this one's for you , bro .
You will really like this cos you're always telling me Oh , sis , when you make some creamy pasta here you go you can make it yourself at home .
So I've added some of the pasta water that this is boiling in to my pot here just to prevent it from clogging .
And also that little residual water will go back in there and make a nicer sauce .
When my chicken is done , I've tasted the seasoning .
It's delicious .
But obviously , before you add the cream , check the seasoning Cos then you can adjust now for the cream .
You thought you were gonna get away with fat free ?
Not on this show , darlings .
In we go .
So don't add all the cream at once .
Add it a little bit at a time , because if you pour it all in , you may have too much cream .
And you think , Oh , it's a bit of a creamy mess .
We don't want that now , do we ?
Right , This is done .
Now , if you find that the cream is getting a little thick , don't worry , don't panic .
Don't go for the cream and add more because it will be a disaster .
Add your pasta .
Remember , the water is there .
We kept a little bit back .
Remember that will help thin this out .
So we are now ready to add my pasta in it goes .
So for you healthy people out there , and I'm sure there are a few .
If you don't want to add any cream , skip that point and just add the pasta straight in .
Once your chicken is done , it'll still be really yummy .
But I think the cream just makes it even better .
Cover and stir , and the secret to good pasta is Do not let it fall out of the pan .
Turn the gas off once the pasta's in and just let it sit there for a couple of minutes so the pasta can go in and just go absorb all that flavour .
A couple of minutes , that's all .
I'm gonna add .
Some parsley , but a green edge .
Just a rough chop .
Quick stir .
Oh , yummy .
And that's it .
Guys ready to serve .
And there you go , guys .
My quick and easy pasta supper quick for a Friday night before you head out with your mates , if you know what I mean .
Chicken with mushrooms and penne pasta and a little bit of cream Do enjoy .
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