Does anyone else get insatiable cravings for pasta? For me, it happens at least once a month. Maybe twice. And this is especially difficult lately for two reasons. First of all- I moved far, far away from my favorite Italian restaurant, Trattoria Firenze, in Salem, MA. As much as Texas does barbecue and Mexican food better than the northeast- they have nothing on the Boston area’s Italian eateries. Second- I’ve been trying to cut back on carbs lately. Not eliminate, but balance with an equal amount of protein (which can help you process carbohydrates more effectively) and make sure I’m only eating the “good” carbs- whole grains, brown rice, etc.
Enter: Chicken and Linguine with Tomato Basil Butter Sauce!
OH MY GOODNESS. This is good. Perfectly cooked chicken breasts atop a pile of al dente linguine and smothered in marinara tomato sauce with fresh basil, parmesan, and – you guessed it – a little bit of melted butter.
You are going to love this one. Not only will it transport you to your favorite Italian restaurant in a completely authentic way, but it’s also quick and easy to make. Perfect for a surprisingly “fancy” weeknight dinner in a hurry.
At this point in reading this post, you should commence playing Italian music in your head, pretending you are sitting outside at a restaurant in Capri, enjoying a beautiful view, delicious wine, and a big bowl of pasta. Because this is what it tastes like. Completely authentic, fresh, and absolutely delicious. Just like Italy!
Oops. I just followed my own instructions and got the song from Lady and the Tramp stuck in my head when they are sharing the plate of pasta. Thissss is the nightttt… it’s a beautifulll nightttt…and they call it bella notte…
I think I’ve gone a bit giddy thinking about how delicious this is….