Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Penne Rustica - lighter version

This is my favorite things to order at Macaroni Grill. I found the recipe on my friend Leah's recipe blog. As always, I lightened up a bit so I do not feel so guilty eating it!

Gratinata Sauce
3 tablespoons light butter
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons marsala wine
2 cups fat free half & half
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked

12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 skinless chicken breast fillets
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) thick-sliced prosciutto, chopped

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

12 sliced pimentos
4 sprigs rosemary

Get a large saute pan ready (or you can grill the meats) by setting the temperature to medium high heat.

Prepare gratinata sauce by melting 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Add garlic and sweat it for about 5 minutes. Be sure the garlic doesn't brown. Add the marsala wine and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce and whisk well until smooth. Bring mixture to a simmer and keep it there for 10 minutes or until it's thick. Cover sauce and remove it from the heat.

Cook pasta following directions on the package (7 to 9 minutes in salted boiling water). You want the pasta tender, but not mushy (al dente). Strain pasta and set it aside when it's done.

Pound the thick end of your chicken breasts a bit with a kitchen mallet to make them a uniform thickness. Rub chicken with olive oil, then sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper. Put shrimp in a bowl rub them with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add a little oil in the pan to coat the pan. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Set the chicken aside to rest. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 2 minutes per side. When chicken has rested 10 minutes or so - slice each breast into strips.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie plate. Add 3 pasta, then chicken, shrimp and prosciutto to pie plate. Spoon in the gratinata sauce on each serving and toss to coat. Combine 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese with 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, then sprinkle mixture over the top. Bake for 10 -15 minutes, or until tops begin to brown. Arrange the pimentos on the top, the n jab a sprigs of rosemary throughout the dish.

Makes 4 large servings.

*** Could be made ahead and frozen. If freezing leave off the topping & garnish until ready to cook. Thaw out completely, once thawed set on counter for 15 to 30 minutes before cooking. You will need to start cooking the dish on 350 to heat through - once heated through take dish out of the oven. Set the oven on 500 then add the topping and cook until bubbly. Top with garnish then serve.***

1 comment:

Leah Belle said...

thanks for doing the work to make it lighter!