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Hungry Boy Pasta

October 22, 2009

I really enjoy visiting my brother, if for no other reason than that we always seem to make dinners that could feed an army!  This past weekend, we made what I am going to affectionately call “hungry boy pasta” — lots of food, lots of leftovers, simple to prepare.

You should gather:

  • ~3 lb chicken breast
  • 4 onions
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 3 cans of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 2 lb pasta (we used spaghetti, 2 boxes)
  • 6 T dried oregano
  • 6 T dried basil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 c Parmesan cheese (shredded or grated.  We used the powdered bottled stuff, but fresh would taste even better!)

Let’s get started…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grab the biggest baking dish(es) you can find.
  2. Chop the onion and spread along the bottom of the dish/pan.  Sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  3. Chop the garlic and spread over the onion.  Sprinkle with some of the oregano and basil. (NOTE:  You could also just use a pre-bottled Italian-type seasoning mix).
  4. Trim the chicken, if necessary, and cut into large, bite-sized chunks.  Spread on top of the garlic.  Sprinkle with the rest of the oregano and basil.

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  1. Pour the crushed tomatoes over the top.
  2. Bake about 35-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and some of the juice is cooked off from the tomatoes.  Stir at least once.
  3. Salt and boil water for your pasta.  Cook according to the box. Strain.
  4. Combine the pasta with the chicken and sauce. (NOTE: if you use a big stock pot for the pasta, then you can mix it all together right there).
  5. Add in the Parmesan.
  6. Invite several hungry boys, and it’s time for dinner!

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