3 Pepper Fettuccine with Basil

There comes a time during each summer when some people crave something other than grilled meat and farm fresh, healthy vegetables and fruits. You know who you are. This recipe combines both a rich and decadent cream sauce and noodles with fresh veggies and herbs.  Serves 4.

3 Pepper Fettuccine with Roasted Chicken

Chicken Marinade: *Make several hours or up to one day ahead

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh basil
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 2 T crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 T minced garlic

Mix all ingredients and marinate chicken over night.

The Rest of the Recipe:

  • 3 T butter
  • 1 red pepper cut into strips
  • 1 green pepper cut into strips
  • 1 yellow pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 C dry white wine from Market Alley Wines
  • 1/2 C chicken broth
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1 pint sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 C grated parmesan
  • 1/2 C chopped or chiffonade basil
  • 12 oz. fresh fettuccine

Pre-heat oven to 375. Bake chicken in marinade for 45 minutes or until done. Cut into strips and reserve juices. (I’ve tried this with blackened, grilled chicken which is good but the juices from the cooked chicken are really what makes this dish.)

Melt butter and sauté peppers about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in wine and broth. Heat on high until sauce reduces to 2 T. Add cream and reduce sauce by half. Add juices from cooked chicken.

In another skillet, sauté mushrooms. Cook noodles per package directions. Combine mushrooms, peppers, noodles and toss with cream sauce. Place on platter and top with chicken, parmesan and fresh basil.

Serve with light salad and bread. You’ll be glad you did.

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