Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Fall Y'all...

Well, our first cold front blew in and it's really gotten me in the mood for some good ol' comfort food. I'm making my fall menu, but here's one to get started with...

Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica
(our version, of course)

4 oz. grilled chicken breast
½ pack thick bacon
16 oz. penne pasta
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp paprika
Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp butter
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup marsala wine
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3 cups heavy cream

Sauté garlic in butter in large pan. Add marsala wine, mustard, salt, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and heavy cream. Cook pasta according to directions. Cook bacon, then use left over grease to saute the bell pepper, set aside. Slice chicken into medium-bite size pieces. Combine sauce, cooked pasta, diced chicken, cooked bacon, bell pepper, parmesan cheese, and paprika and mix thoroughly. Spread in pan. Top with chopped rosemary and mozzarella cheese. Bake @ 475 for 10 minutes.


Katherine Aucoin said...

This looks perfect. I would love this for dinner!

Mary said...

I really like this recipe. We had our first experience with Macaroni Grill at their flagship restaurant over a decade ago and fell in love it. They had talented student servers who could also sing and they would break into arias whenever there was a slight lull in the demands of service. It was great fun. Since they've expanded service some of the restaurants in the chain don't live up to the old standard, but the recipes are great and with proper care produce wonderful food. Your recipe will produce wonderful food.

Rachel said...

I saw your picture and immediately started drooling :) I may have to hold off on this recipe for a short while (since it's not overly compatible with my recent attempt at dieting), but will most definitely print it off to make in a month or two!

Heidi said...

This looks yummy! you'll have to tell me if you liked the hash recipe.

Kathy said...

Thanks Katherine! Mary, I loved hearing your story!!! Rachel, you may have to just treat yourself one day! Heidi the hash was very good - hit the right spot on this chilly, wet day here in Texas!!! Thanks Ladies!!! :o)

Kim said...

Oh my gosh - it looks heavenly! I could just lap it all up right now!

Katy ~ said...

Oh boy, oh boy does this ever look scrumpt-dilly-licious!! How it can be bad with marsala and cream!!

teresa said...

oh this does look comforting, yummy! happy fall to you as well!

Julie said...

Looks amazing...that melted cheese on top has me drooling!

Kathy said...

Thanks Kim, Katy, Teresa, and Julie!!! I hope y'all are having a great weekend!!!

Teresa said...

I made this for diner tonight and it was delicious! Ended up with drop-in company right at dinner time and this recipe really saved the day. Perfect for company but quick and easy enough for a weeknight. Thanks!

Kathy said...


I'm glad you enjoyed it and it was a hit!!! Thanks for letting me know! :O)