Mio Tutto CappellettiĀ 

Today’s dinner was a whatever I had in the house and I must admit it worked out pretty good! Rich, creamy and exactly what the taste buds were calling for. 

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup onion finely, chopped 
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces 
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbs garlic, minced
  • 1 cup coffee cream
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups gouda, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan 
  • 1 1/2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • 2 tsps thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Seasoning salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 4-5 cups cappelletti pasta, slightly undercooked  (approximately 2 minutes less)

**Note**   For the pasta, it should be just on the verge of being done. The texture should be a bit chewy. It will finish cooking in the sauce, taking on flavor and helping it thicken up as well. 

    1. In a large a large pot over medium heat heat oil and melt butter.
    2. Add the chicken, onion, yellow bell pepper, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, oregano and thyme together and cook for 5 minutes. 
    3. Stir in the garlic and smoked paprika,  cook for 1 minute. 
    4. Pour in the white wine and add in the bay leaves, simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
    5. Add in the coffee cream and sugar while you stir continuously until it everything is nicely blended. 
    6. Once the sauce has started to simmer again add the gouda and parmesan and mix until the cheese has melted and has fully incorporated into the sauce.
    7. Simmer over medium heat for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will begin to thicken up as the liquids evaporate. 
    8. Once the sauce is sticking to the spoon but still a bit loose, you will want to add the slightly undercooked pasta and the chopped parsley and stir continuously until the noodles have finished cooking and the sauce has thickened up and clings to the pasta.
    9. For the final touch, seasoning salt and pepper to taste.
    10. Dish up and enjoy!