Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is….

…… both the most popular and the simplest to make Italian Pasta dish. It has it’s roots in Naples but has spread all over Italy and now the world.

The dish is made by lightly sautéing sliced, minced or pressed garlic in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of dried red chili flakes, and tossing with spaghetti or linguini.

Chopped parsley can also be added along with grated parmesan or pecorino cheese.

Growing up in North Jersey I always heard it pronounced “allia-ool” due to the influence of Southern Italian pronunciation in the area. But when I spent a little time in Naples I got corrected by the locals, loudly and with glares for mis pronouncing their Aglio e Olio.

We have it in our house as a side dish and sometimes as a main dish with shrimp or with chicken, like tonight.

Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Add the pasta right away and as the water heats up and the pasta softens using a pair of tongs get it all down into the water and stir it a few times with the tongs as it cooks to keep it from sticking together.

Put a skillet on at medium high and add enough good extra virgin olive oil to coat bottom about 1/8″ deep. Cut the chicken into chunks or slices and add it to the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Also red pepper flakes if you want it a little spicy. Cook it until it is browned and firm.

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While the chicken and the pasta are cooking slice or chop the garlic cloves and the parsley if you are using fresh parsley. But if you prefer, using dried parsley flakes works just fine.

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When the chicken is done push it out to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the center. You’re going to want enough olive oil to thoroughly coat the pasta when you put in in so if the bottom of the skillet is dry from cooking the chicken then add some more extra virgin olive oil right on to the garlic.

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You don’t want the garlic to turn brown so let’s have it  just light golden and translucent – 2-3 minutes.

If the pasta is done before the garlic just drain all but about a half cup of the water and put it on the back of the stove. Drizzle a little olive oil and stir it getting the pasta covered with the oil so that it doesn’t stick together.

As soon as the garlic is ready add the pasta – with the little bit of water that you left in the pot –  to the skillet. Put in the grated parmesan and the parsley holding a little back for garnish.  Gently stir it all together.

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You Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken is ready. Bon Appetito!!!

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A little salad or some sautéed spinach as tonights veggie and some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread are real easy multi tasks and would go along great. 

And some good Chianti of course!

 

 

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  1. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Add the pasta right away and as the water heats up and the pasta softens using a pair of tongs get it all down into the water and stir it a few times with the tongs as it cooks to keep it from sticking together.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium high and add enough good extra virgin olive oil to coat bottom about 1/8" deep. Cut the chicken into chunks or slices and add it to the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Also red pepper flakes if you want it a little spicy. Stir it a few times and cook it until it is browned and firm.
  3. While the chicken and the pasta are cooking slice or chop the garlic cloves and the parsley if you are using fresh parsley. But if you prefer, using dried parsley flakes works just fine. When the chicken is done push it out to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the center. You're going to want enough olive oil to thoroughly coat the pasta when you put in in so if the bottom of the skillet is dry from cooking the chicken then add some more extra virgin olive oil right on to the garlic.
  4. You don't want the garlic to turn brown let's have it just light golden and translucent - 2-3 minutes. If the pasta is done before the garlic just drain all but about a half cup of the water and put it on the back of the stove. Drizzle a little olive oil and stir it getting the pasta covered with the oil so that it doesn't stick together. As soon as the garlic is ready add the pasta - with the little bit of water that you left in the pot - to the skillet. Put in the grated parmesan and the parsley holding a little back for garnish. Gently stir it all together.
  5. You Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken is ready. Bon Appetito!!!
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Baked Pork Chops Dinner – In One Pan – 30 Minutes – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

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Baked Pork Chops Dinner is all in One Pan and.. …30 minutes, total. Oh yeah, and real good.

I was in the grocery store picking up some wine – of course – and looking around for something a little different for supper. When I spied these real thick, bone in, pork loin chops.

I had a couple little chores to do so I bought what I needed to put together this one pan dinner that would just go in the oven and free me up for a little while.

I bet you find yourself in that kind of crunch sometimes too.

I picked out veggies that would take the same time to cook that the thick pork chops would and heres what the product of my chopping, olive oiling and salt and peppering looked like. I did sprinkle a little paprika on the potatoes and a little grated parmesan on the pork chops.

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You could use a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed or wiped with olive oil. Or, a nonstick one like you see in the pic.

In the pursuit  of quick and easy I got the pre trimmed and washed string beans in  produce and the pre peeled and cut potatoes in frozen . The onion and the pepper were the only cutting up that I had to do.

It went into a 475° oven for twenty minutes and our Baked Pork Chops Dinner all was cooked and ready.

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I didn’t get all my honeydos finished but a nice dinner with my honey and that bottle of Pinot Noir that I had grabbed at the store all made for a real good evening.

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  1. Set the oven at 475F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe with olive oil. Put the pork chops and the veggies on the baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with paprika and the pork chops with grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Put the sheet into the oven and cook for 20 minutes. The veggies should be cooked and crisp on the edges and the pork chops should be firm to a poke or read 155- 160 on an instant read meat thermometer.
  3. Enjoy!!
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Oven Baked Pork Tenderloin and Italian Vegetables

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Oven Baked Pork Tenderloin and Italian Vegetables..

…..will be ready in less than 30 minutes and it’s good and it’s easy and almost no mess to clean up and gluten free and paleo.

I usually like to do the Italian vegetables in a large skillet. Tossing them with the olive oil as they cook. But things were a little busy today so I did the veggies and the pork tenderloin all in the oven.

The basic IIalian veggies are peppers and onions but from there you could go on to include almost anything that you want. Tonite we had some eggplant and often we include asparagus. And lots’ a times have potatoes cooking on the pan with the rest of the veggies.

The things that cook real fast like peas or spinach would work but you just have to remember to add them when the other veggies are just about a minute away from being done.

This turned out real good and I was free to do some other stuff as the meal was tending to itself.

You might want to  get these vacuum packed pre-flavored pork tenderloins. We like them and they are a lot easier to prep.

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Set the oven at 450°/222°C

With a sharp knife trim off the excess fat and the silver skin. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Put the pork tenderloin in the pan and put it in the oven. It’s going to take 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the tenderloin.

 For the veggies line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

I’ve started using this nonstick kind of baking sheet and it’s been working real well. Clean up is just spray it with water in the sink and wipe it dry.

Clean and trim the veggies and cut them into fairly large pieces then put them on the baking sheet.

Drizzle them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried basil. And any other spices and herbs that YOU want to add. Toss them with your hands or a pancake turner to get everything coated with the good stuff and spread them out on the baking pan. Then…

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…put it in the oven. They are going to take about 10 minutes and should be done when the pork tenderloin reaches 145-150° on an instant read meat thermometer.

Ok,,the pork tenderloin is done. Take it out first and let it sit while you take out the veggies.

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Slice up the pork and drizzle a little of that juice left in the bottom of the pan on the slices. Spread the vegetables out next to the meat. That extra item that you see on the plate is a spaghetti squash fritter and the recipe for that is coming up soon. You could add potato pieces in with the vegetables to forego the fritter.

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Top everything with some grated parmesan cheese and enjoy your Oven Baked Pork Tenderloin and Italian vegetables!

We had a real good Malbec with ours.

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  1. Set the oven at 450°/222°C With a sharp knife trim off the excess fat and the silver skin. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and spray or wipe to with olive oil. Put the pork tenderloin in the pan and put it in the oven. It's going to take 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the tenderloin.
  2. For the veggies line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Clean and trim the veggies and cut them into fairly large pieces then put them on the baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried basil. And any other spices and herbs that YOU want to add. Toss them with your hands or a pancake turner to get everything coated with the good stuff and spread them out on the baking pan. Then put it in the oven. They are going to take about 10 minutes and should be done when the pork tenderloin reaches 145-150° on an instant read meat thermometer.
  3. Take it out first and let it sit while you take out the veggies. Slice up the pork and drizzle a little of that juice left in the bottom of the pan on the slices. Spread the vegetables out next to the meat.
  4. Top everything with some grated parmesan cheese and enjoy your Oven Baked Pork Tenderloin and Italian vegetables!
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Simple Scallopini Dinner – Quick and Easy- 23 Minutes – Gluten Free

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 Your Simple Scallopini Dinner….

…..will be very quick and easy. And,,WOW,,is it good! First let’s get the veggies prepped, on a baking pan and in the oven.

Set your oven at 450°F/222°C. Cut up the zucchini into thick chunks or thick french fry shaped strips and the potatoes into smaller pieces or french fry shapes.

The potatoes will take longer to cook so let’s make the potato pieces smaller.

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Put the veggies into a bowl and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper then heavily sprinkle with grated parmesan.

Toss it all together and repeat the drizzle, sprinkle, toss routine.

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Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. I use this nonstick cookie sheet that I got on amazon and it makes everything quicker and easier.

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Into the oven, middle shelf or higher ’cause your going to switch to the broiler near the end of the process.

Now for the scallopini. You could use veal or chicken cutlets hammered to about 1/8″ thick. Tonight I went with these thin sliced pork cutlets and I didn’t have to hammer them.

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Salt and pepper both sides of the cutlets, chop up the garlic and cut up the lemon.

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Put a skillet on at medium and lightly spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Check on the veggies and when you poke a piece of potato with a table fork and it is almost but not quite as cooked as you want it switch the oven to broiler setting.

Put the filets in the pan and cook them for just a minute a side.

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As they get done move them to a plate and stack them up so that they stay warm.

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Put the butter, garlic and parsley in the pan. Squeeze in the lemon juice and toss in the rinds. Mix it up with a wooden spoon getting the bits off the bottom.

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When the garlic just starts to get fragrant – a minute or less – spread the filets out on your serving plates and spoon the butter garlic mixture over the filets. The veggies are ready so ……

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….serve up your Simple Scallopini Dinner! Bon Appetito!!

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We had a real nice Italian Sangiovese with our Simple Scallopini Dinner and it hit the spot. Life is good!

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  1. Set your oven at 450°F/222°C. Cut up the zucchini into thick chunks or thick french fry shaped strips and the potatoes into smaller pieces or french fry shapes. The potatoes will take longer to cook so let's make the potato pieces smaller. Put the veggies into a bowl and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Lightly sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper then heavily sprinkle with grated parmesan. Toss it all together and repeat the drizzle, sprinkle, toss routine.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Into the oven, middle shelf or higher 'cause your going to switch to the broiler near the end of the process.
  3. Salt and pepper both sides of the cutlets, chop up the garlic and cut up the lemon. Put a skillet on at medium and lightly spray or wipe it with olive oil. Check on the veggies and when you poke a piece of potato with a table fork and it is almost but not quite as cooked as you want it switch the oven to broiler setting.
  4. Put the filets in the pan and cook them for just a minute a side. As they get done move them to a plate and stack them up so that they stay warm. Put the butter, garlic and parsley in the pan. Squeeze in the lemon juice and toss in the rinds. Mix it up with a wooden spoon getting the bits off the bottom. When the garlic just starts to get fragrant - a minute or less - spread the filets out on your serving plates and spoon the butter garlic mixture over the filets. The veggies are ready so serve up your Simple Scallopini Dinner! Bon Appetito!!
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