Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Whole Wheat Capellini with Grilled Chicken, Baby Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes for the Whole Family

I was getting ready to make grilled chicken with capellini in a garlic and olive oil sauce last night, when I came up with this recipe, and decided to give it a shot. It's super easy to make, healthy and delicious. It's a great meal for the whole family. You can cut it up in to bite size pieces for babies eating finger foods, or puree for babies 8+ months. 



Here's what you need:
1 lb whole wheat capellini (1 package)
1 package organic baby spinach
2 cups organic cherry tomatoes (cut into quarters for your little one)
2 cloves garlic minced
1 shallot minced
1/4 onion minced
Handful grated Romano cheese 
1 tblsp dried basil leaves
pepper
salt (remove your little ones portion before adding salt)
Olive oil
1/2 cup pasta water (use a measuring cup to take water from pot before you drain pasta)

Bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook according to package. Grill chicken in a grill pan or on a grill for 7 minutes on both sides and then cut into strips or cubes. While chicken is cooking, heat 2 tblsp olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic, onion, and shallots to the pan and saute until tender. About 5 minutes. Add a little more olive oil and add the baby spinach, and cherry tomatoes. Add Basil, pepper, and handful of cheese. Cook for another minute. Drain all but 1/2 cup pasta water. Add pasta, 1/2 cup pasta water, and chicken to spinach and cherry tomatoes. Cook for another few minutes tossing to coat the pasta. Remove baby's portion to cut into tiny pieces or puree (You are removing baby's portion before adding salt). Add a little salt to main pan and mix. Serve and enjoy!

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