Opps, I did it again! hahahaha...I promise, I will stop now. Let's not bring back flashbacks of Brittany Spears in red pleather -- must. stop. nightmares ;) Just kidding! Let's not ding us 2000 teens who grew up on Brittany, N'SYNC and the Back Street Boys. Before Brittany went cray, Justin Timberlake dabbled in acting, and the Backstreet Boys did not look like our dads! How does time fly?!?
I do not like to admit my own "oldness," yet giving away that I listened to N'SYNC clearly dates me. You know how I know I'm getting up there? Mostly because for my birthday I count backwards. I also teach undergrad courses. I love giving music and television show examples, because let's be honest -- I have no life ;) I tried to give examples on Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World, or Full House and I get blank stares. How do you not know the awesomeness that is Zack and Kelly, Cory and Topanga, and Michelle Tanner. And some of the TEENS I work with were born in the 2000s. Oh goodness! I-am-
I know, I am weird, but that whole blurb started from me thinking that I made another Cajun recipe and went Opps, I did it again. Sometimes when I have a type of food and I crave it, I just want to make it over and over again. I do that with music too (when I love a song, I play it on repeat -- over and over again). Well, after posting about this Cajun Risotto, I was still wanting more. I had pinned this recipe to my Pasta board on Pinterest, some time ago and thought now would be a great time to make it! And it was great! There were so many things I loved about this recipe. 1. After a long day, I whipped this up in 30 minutes and got an eye catching, yummy meal, 2. The creaminess, 3. The hint of spiciness and flavor. ::droooool:: I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!
Double recipe if serving for more than 2
4 oz. linguine noodles
1/4 c. olive oil
1 tbsp. garlic (optional)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
3 tbsp. + 1 tsp. flour
1 1/2 c. heavy cream (milk)
1 c. Parmesan cheese (or other shredded cheese)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning*
8 oz. cooked chicken strips or 1 1/2 chicken breasts (I used Tyson's Grilled Chicken Strips)
1.5 oz of diced sun dried tomatoes
1 diced green onion
*Can adjust seasoning based on spice preference
In a large pot of salted boiling water -- cook pasta according to package directions. Drain excess water and run cold water through pasta to prevent sticking. Keep pasta in colander. Do not return to pot.
After pasta is cooked, use the large pot to heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, saute garlic and red pepper flakes until garlic is browned and fragrant. Do not over cook, as this will burn the garlic. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in heavy cream, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. This can take some time, approximately 10-15 minutes -- but it will thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in shredded cheese until melted and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, followed by Cajun seasoning. Pour sauce over pasta and stir to evenly distribute sauce. Gently fold in chicken and sun dried tomatoes. Garnish with green onions.
Bye, Bye, Bye ;) (My ode to 'NSYNC),