Sunday, April 11, 2010

Penne with Arugula Pesto and Chicken

This recipe finishes up my batch of arugula. Again, I looked outside of my cookbook and landed on this one from Food Network's Giada de Laurentiis. (My friend Laura's daughter is a big fan of Giada!)
A couple of tweaks--my homemade pasta was nice and fuzzy when I went to use it. Ooops. Hence, the boxed penne instead. Secondly, since my goal was to use ingredients that I already had without going shopping, I substituted chicken (sauteed in olive oil and lemon juice, and seasoned with red pepper flakes and fresh garlic) for the shrimp.
This was a very different flavor than what our tastebuds are accustomed to, but that is the point of this whole Italian-cooking-adventure! However, it was good! (The kids ate the chicken only). Pretty sure I won't be knocking down the grocery store doors to make this again, but it was good, even if if was different.
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