Chicken Fettuccine Fauxfredo

A few years ago, my dairy-loving husband developed a lactose intolerance (poor guy), and we’ve since tried to limit the amount of dairy in our diet. Not long ago, he mentioned to me how much he missed being able to eat alfredo, which prompted me to hunt for a good dairy-free alfredo recipe. Using this recipe for inspiration, I set out on an adventure to make some “fauxfredo”!

Fauxfredo IngredientsChicken Fettuccini Fauxfredo

  • 1 package of fettuccini
  • 1 lb. of diced chicken breast
  • 1 can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (we had a hard time finding this in a store, so we ordered it online)
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried Basil
  • 2 tbsp. torn fresh Basil
  • Salt (I used course, kosher salt) and fresh ground Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch

Step One: Prepare pasta according to package directions. While your pasta is cooking, begin to prepare your chicken. Pour some olive oil in a large pan or skillet and heat until shimmering. Add your chicken and your fresh basil, season with some salt and pepper, and cook on medium high heat.

Chicken Cooking

Step Two: Put the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, dried basil, and some salt and pepper in a bowl. Blend (I used an immersion blender) until well mixed. My sauce stayed pretty liquid-y at this point, so I poured it over the chicken (which was done at this point), added a tbsp. or cornstarch dissolved in a tbsp. of warm water, and stirred over low heat until heated through and creamy.

Fauxfredo Sauce

Step Three: Strain your pasta and pour into a serving bowl. Pour your chicken and sauce over the pasta, toss to coat, and enjoy!

Chicken Fettuccini Fauxfredo

While this didn’t taste *exactly* like alfredo, it was pretty stinking close! Best of all? It not only got the “husband seal of approval” for satisfying his alfredo craving, but it’s much healthier than regular alfredo! Win/Win! Do you have any favorite dairy-free recipes?

Happy Cooking!
~ Megan

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Bailey’s Perfect Meatballs

Served with brown rice GF pasta and shredded Parmesan cheese Who doesn’t love a good meatball? There is something so satisfying about a bite-sized ball of delicious meatiness that you really can’t go wrong!

Here is my go-to recipe for the perfect meatballs to serve with your favorite pasta. I served mine with brown rice GF pasta and shaved Parmesan cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of Meat (I used a mixture of ground beef and sausage)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs ( I used gluten free panko)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil (diced)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced or diced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 jar of sauce of your choice

Begin with a large mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients except the pasta and sauce. Mix them all together well until completely combined.

herbs and spices meats with an egg combined ingredients
On the stove-top use a large pot and put a small amount of olive oil and about 1/2 the jar of sauce into the bottom. Heat to medium/medium-high. Form the meat into about golf ball sized balls.

Once the pot is hot, put the balls into the pot. Cover the meatballs with the rest of the sauce. Fill the sauce jar up about 1/2 way, put the lid back on and shake it all up to loosen the remaining sauce. Add the saucy water to the pot. Put the top on and let the meatballs cook.

After about 10 minutes, use a wooden or plastic spoon and gently stir the meatballs to cook the other side. Let them cook on medium for about 15 more minutes and they will be ready to go.

uncooked meatballs cooked meatballs

The meatballs can simmer for awhile, or you can serve them right away. Enjoy!

Chicken and Pasta in Chardonnay Tomato Sauce

Have you ever been in the mood for pasta, but the thought of red sauce just seemed too heavy? Sure, you could use a different sauce, but then you’d miss out on that yummy tomato flavor. Never fear – I have the solution to your pasta dilemma!

When I’m looking for a lighter take on traditional tomato-based pasta sauces, I like to make a Chardonnay Tomato sauce to serve with chicken and pasta! This dish still has the richness of the tomato flavor, without the weight of a traditional red sauce. The wine adds a freshness that makes this dish perfect for warm weather!

Chardonnay Tomato Pasta with Chicken

  • 1.5 lbs of cubed Chicken BreastIngredients
  • 1.5 cups of quartered Campari Tomatoes (or whole grape tomatoes)
  • Minced Shallots (to taste)
  • Minced Garlic (to taste)
  • 187mL of Chardonnay
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Concentrated Chicken Stock
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pasta

Step One: Add olive oil, shallots, and garlic to a pan. Heat until fragrant, then add the chicken. While you are doing this, begin boiling a pot of salted water for the pasta of your choice.

Garlic and Shallots

Step Two: Add the wine to the chicken, and cook until the wine reduces by half.Chicken and Wine

Step Three: Add the tomatoes and the condensed chicken stock (I used two stock packets), and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until the stock has dissolved and the tomatoes are mostly disintegrated. Your sauce should have a deep pink color.

Tomatos and Chicken Chicken Stock Gel White WIne Tomato Chicken

Step Four: Remove the tomato/chicken/wine mixture from heat and set aside. Strain your pasta and place in a bowl. Pour the tomato/chicken/wine mixture over the pasta and stir to coat.

    White Wine Tomato Pasta

Step Five: ENJOY!

For a different take on this, use whole grape tomatoes instead of quartered Campari tomatoes – the sauce will be lighter, with the chardonnay and chicken really taking the spotlight. The tomatoes will hold more of their shape for satisfying bite-sized pops of flavor.

Happy Cooking!
~Megan

Farm to Table Friday: Kohlrabi, Peas, and Garlic Scapes

Welcome to our first farm to table dinner post! This year, the lovely ladies of Common Plate (that’s us!) decided to split a CSA (Community Sustained Agriculture) share from  Strites Orchard in Harrisburg, PA. We plan to use items from the CSA each week to make an original Farm to Table dinner.  Below are the recipes we used to create our first installment of our new weekly series: Farm to Table Friday!

Farm to Table DinnerPenne with Garlic Scape Pesto and Peas
Sauteed Kohlrabi
Grilled London Broil*

*The London Broil has nothing to do with the CSA, but we marinated it and grilled it to medium rare. It was delicious!

From Bailey:
Penne with Garlic Scape Pesto and Peas

Our CSA box included some interesting items this week. We got got fresh shelled peas and garlic scapes. I had never even heard of a garlic scape, but through my research about it I learned that it’s best used to make pesto or hummus. I decided to go with pesto.

Pesto StuffPesto Ingredients
Please note that all amounts are estimated.  You may need to adjust as you go

  • About 6 garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmiaggiano reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

When I made this pesto I first tried to do it in the blender which did not work. I currently only own a 2 cup food processor, so I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it all fit, but I found it was better to work in the processor in small batches than the blender blunder.

Peas in ShellThe first thing we did was shell all the peas, then steam them until they were done. Then we put them to the side.

To make the pesto don’t use a blender like I started out, just go right to the food processor.

Start with the almonds and get them well ground, add in the salt, pepper and basil. Chop a few times, then add in the garlic scapes. To use the scapes chop them up into smaller pieces before adding them in.

Garlic Scapes     Diced Scapes

Next, after grinding the scapes a few times, add in the olive oil, then finally the Parmesan cheese. It’s okay if the mixture is kind of thick, because when the pesto is heated it will cover the pasta well.

Pesto in Food Processor 1 Pesto in Processor 2

To make the final pasta, start with the pasta of your choice, long or short. I chose Trader Joe’s  Gluten Free Corn Pasta. Boil the pasta according to the directions, drain, then set aside. Start by putting some olive oil or butter in a large saute pan. Add the peas, then add the pasta and the pesto. Turn gently until all pasta is covered, and voila! There you go, a delicious side dish! Cover it with grilled chicken or sauteed shrimp for a great entree.

Peas in a Pan IMG_1195 Pesto Pasta

From Megan:
Sautéed Kohlrabi

Raw KohlrabiI had never seen, eaten, or prepared kohlrabi before… heck, I’m not even sure if I had ever even heard of it before it showed up on our CSA preview list! But part of the fun of belonging to a CSA is getting to try new things, so I determined to make a kohlrabi side dish. How hard could it be, right?

Once it arrived, however, I realized that I REALLY had no idea what I was doing. The thing looked like an alien. Several Google searches and helpful Youtube videos later, I decided to tackle sautéed kohlrabi. Thankfully, it’s surprisingly easy to prepare once you realize that it is not, in fact, an alien life form.

Cutting KohlrabiStep One: Remove any leaves from the bulb (ours came pre-removed). From what I’ve learned, the leaves can also be prepared, but the bulb seems to be the most popular part.

Step Two: Use a knife or vegetable peeler to remove the tough, pale green skin on the bulb. Then cut the bulb into thin, matchstick-like spears.

Step Three: Boil the kohlrabi in salted water until softened (about 5-10 minutes), then drain, pat dry, and set aside.

Step Four: Melt enough butter to cover the bottom of a frying pan. Add some minced shallots, and heat until fragrant.

Saute KohlrabiStep Five: Add the kohlrabi to the frying pan, and sauté until it begins to turn golden. Sprinkle a pinch nutmeg on top, and toss to combine.

Kohlrabi has a texture similar to a potato, and the taste is what you might expect if a broccoli and a parsnip had a (very tasty) lovechild. The mildness of the kohlrabi plays well with the butter, and the nutmeg gives it just enough of a kick to pull out some the earthiness of the flavor. New favorite vegetable? I think so!

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We hope you enjoyed the first installment of Farm to Table Friday!
Happy Cooking!