My mom cracks me up sometimes. A lot of times, actually.
When I’m driving home after class at night, I usually call my parents to catch up. Last night, I was chatting with my mom (as she was making the Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato Quiche…which she later texted, “it is beautiful”) and she told me a story about her boss at the gym.
My family has belonged to the same gym for YEARS and it just so happens that my mom’s boss also works out there. My mom said she was on the elliptical 2 machines down from him and then she transferred over to the treadmills which are right in front of large, full-length mirrors.
My mom said she looked at herself and noticed then that her shirt was not only inside out, but backwards, too. She said the tags were hitting her chin and she hadn’t noticed until then. Oh, what her boss must think…ha!
If you know my mom, that story is probably a bit funnier. But even still..seriously, ma!?
After that story she said that she was going to make a few lasagnas and have an impromptu get-together with some friends of theirs. This came as no surprise as my mom loves impromptu entertaining…and pasta.
I immediately starting thinking how much my mom would love this dish. Not only the pasta, but the mushrooms and the marsala. It was my first time cooking with marsala wine. I wasn’t even sure I knew where to find it in the grocery store…and I know my mom would wonder the same. However, it was right there by the vinegar at my local Kroger…for $1.91!
To keep this pasta dish rich, but still lower in calories and fat, evaporated milk is used. I believe for this reason, it doesn’t reheat all that well…making it the perfect recipe to entertain with!
This recipe has been on my “must make” list for some time, and it did not disappoint. Plus I have a personal tie to chicken marsala…it’s one of the entree selections that as offered at our wedding Because, it’s that good.
13.25 oz box whole wheat penne pasta 1 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces 1 small onion, sliced into thin 1-inch pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced 12 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered 3/4 cup Marsala cooking wine 12 oz can 2% evaporated milk 2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated 1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella, shredded salt and pepper, to taste fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente, drain and reserve some of the cooking liquid.
In a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat; add olive oil to heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper; add to the butter and oil and cook through. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
Melt the butter and remaining tablespoon of oil and add the onions to the pot, cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally. After 3 minutes, stir in the garlic and continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. The onions should be starting to get a little color by now.
Slowly pour half of the Marsala wine into the pot and scrape up any bits stuck to the pan. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, then add the rest of the wine. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly stir in the evaporated milk. Add the cheese stirring constantly. Cook the sauce for several minutes until it starts to thicken, then add the pasta and chicken. Stir to coat the pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.
Yield: 6 servings (about 1 cup pasta with 3/4 cup chicken, mushrooms, and sauce).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 515 calories; 13.5 g. fat; 58 mg. cholesterol; 381 mg. sodium; 60.1 g. carbohydrate; 7.2 g. fiber; 35.5 g. protein
Result: This dish has been floating around the blogosphere and I’m glad I finally got the chance to try it…very good! My only complaint is that this dish didn’t reheat well. If you enjoy mushrooms and chicken marsala, this is a great recipe to try. Enjoy!
Money Matters: Chicken is $2.99/lb and pasta is $1.10 a box. Cremini mushrooms are $2.99/lb (my 3/4 lb came to $2.24). Onion ($0.50), evaporated milk ($1.20), marsala wine (1/2 bottle – $0.96), 2 ounces of high quality Parmesan at $7.99/lb ($1). Along with the estimated cost of the remaining ingredients, the total cost of the recipes calculated to $10.87 and $1.81 per serving).
It can finally be said…TGIF! I am anxious to try one of those beers Mr. Prevention got me for Valentine’s Day to ring in the weekend. A girl probably shouldn’t admit that before the run rises, huh?