I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creamy Basil Baked Pasta

Comfort food for me is anything pasta.  This is a good one. 

2 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps butter
4 tbsps flour
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1  1/2 cups 10 % cream
1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 small hot chili pepper, chopped
1 tsp lemon zest
454 g medium shell pasta
1/2 tsp salt, plus more for pasta water
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Heat oil and butter to medium and add garlic. Add flour stirring well, then the chicken broth and continue to whisk for a couple of minutes.  Add chili, sundried tomatoes and salt.  Pour in the cream.  In the meantime cook the pasta and drain.

Remove sauce from heat and add basil and lemon zest.  Give it a little shake of nutmeg and toss the sauce with the cooked pasta.

Prepare a casserole dish with cooking spray, then pour the pasta and sauce in.
Shred the cheese and toss with bread crumbs.

Sprinkle over pasta and bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Set 5-10 minutes before serving.

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