How I ‘Penne’d a Poetic Pasta evening for my Family!

How I ‘Penne’d a Poetic Pasta evening for my Family!

Cookery is not mere chemistry
between various ingredients,
it is but an art
which combines the soul
of vivid flavors,
so a mesmerizing aroma is born
which can connect hearts.

What could be more pleasing to create a jovial family bonding
than to cook a dish from a country
known for its romance and sheer love?
To prepare a sonnet of savoring food
where every syllable of fragrance
would decipher the melodic saga
of delicious Italian cuisine.

Italy- the elegant abode of ardor
symbolizes the food eternity
with its common staple- pasta
in its mesmerizing variations,
for they say, it is a combination
of love and magic.

This magnificence intrigued me
to bring together my family
and foster hearts and smiles
by cooking for them
an Italian cuisine-inspired pasta-
a pure reflection of love and grandeur.

I decided to use the
best quality in pasta-
Del Monte, the provider of
nutritious, healthy and wholesome pasta

inclusive of the true essence
of its taste and feel
from Italy.

del monte penne

My thought of the dish
was to make a rich, creamy and nutritive penne
packed with sage-green spinaci,
creamy cheese and chicken,
flavorful fresh creams,
tangy tomatoes,
olives and peperoncini,
seasoned with herbs- oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary.

And when the idea came alive,
I witnessed the grace of love, the act of affection,
of how every spice amalgamated to deliver
a freshness of love and how their beauty
gave birth to an ecstatic Italian penne sauce
redefining the dimensions of flavors and food.

The pasta dish was a true reflection
of love and encouragement between
two diverse and colorful countries- India and Italy,
as the dish was enveloped in vivid hues of saffron, red, white and green-
an utterly delicious and flavorful promotion
uniting the beauty of my country and a country I adore!

When I served the penne on the table
for the family,
their hearts melted to the savor of the hot and steamy food
and they absorbed themselves in a relishing treat
forgetting about how they should go about,
for ‘Il miglior condimento del cibo è la fame’
as they say, ‘Piatto ricco, mi ci ficco’
for indeed, ‘L’appetito vien mangiando’

The entire imagery was like one big moment
of happiness, laughter, memories and food
where every face was
painted with smiles
and the scent of a food memory.
Indeed, Food is for taste
and happiness is the taste of life.

dish name

entryChicken Penne with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce

ingredients

ingredient list

 

preparation

Chicken Penne with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce – delicious, creamy sauce perfectly combines all the flavors: garlic, spices, tomatoes. 

Preparation Time: 30 Mins Yield : 4 servings

del monte

Cook the Del Monte Penne Pasta al dente in a large vessel of well-salted boiling as per the package instructions.

marinated chicken

Meanwhile, add salt and pepper into the chicken pieces and mix well.

butter in the pan

Heat Olive oil in a large vessel over medium-high heat. Add butter and let it melt.

chicken after butter

Add the Chicken and saute for a minute.

garlic after chicken

Add chopped garlic and saute till they give out fragrance.

cream after garlic

Pour Fresh Cream and blend it well with the chicken mix. Bring the mixture to a simmer or till the cream becomes thickened.

spinach after cream

Add the Fresh leaves of Spinach to the mixture. Saute for a minute.

tomato after spinach

Now, add chopped tomatoes for that exotic crunch and taste. Saute for a minute. The Garlic Cream Sauce is almost ready!

pasta after tomato
Drain the cooked Penne and add it to the Garlic Cream Sauce and stir the mixture for 2 minutes. You can add additional salt to the pan, as per taste requirement.
seasoning

Remove the cooked Chicken Penne with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce in a serving plate and top it with grated processed cheese, seasoning it with oregano, thyme, basil and rosemary.

final pic

Chicken Penne with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce is READY!

Tips:

  • While draining the Penne, pour cool water over it, so that the pasta pieces does not stick with each other
  • You can experiment with Parmesan Cheese instead of Processed Cheese also.
  • To increase the shelf-life of the sauce, cook the mixture for a little longer.

To have a more descriptive and detailed note of the Recipe and its execution, watch the video below-

author note

The entire blog post, video and its design is the work of the Author and the recipe is an outcome of her close reading of Italian Pasta dishes. The content is her original work and so is the Recipe.
The Poem includes a few italian phrases-
Spinaci (Spinach)
Pepperoncini(Pepper)
Piatto ricco, mi ci ficco. (rich plate, I dive in it)
L’appetito vien mangiando. (the appetite comes by eating)
Il miglior condimento del cibo è la fame. (food’s best dressing is hunger)

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