Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Virtual Reality

So we recently switched cell phone carriers and all got new phones.  The promotion for the new phones also gave us three virtual reality headsets.  What is that, you ask?  Well, it's a goggle looking thing that you put your phone in and you can view pictures, videos, movies, and even play games in what seems like, well, virtual reality.  You put this thing on and you can look at things all around you, above you, behind you, and below you.  It's actually really cool.  Our kids love it. I like it too, but there's one problem.  It really messes with my eyes.  The kids were fine, but I have astigmatism in my left eye so my right eye had to focus harder to see things.  I woke up with a burning eye and a headache.  Oh, well.  I'm not a kid anymore and probably wouldn't spend much time using it.

So we made this Tuscan Chicken Pasta last night.  All of it except for the pasta cooked in one skillet.  My husband absolutely adored it!  My suddenly not so picky son loved it too.  It has fresh tomatoes and spinach, pancetta, and cheese.  It comes together relatively quickly, and it's darn tasty!  

1 lb spaghetti (or your favorite pasta)
1/2 C chopped red onion
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 T butter
Olive oil
1/4 lb pancetta, diced
3 C baby spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 C heavy cream
1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
Red chili flakes, to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet and drizzle in a little olive oil.  Cook the pancetta until it's crispy.  Drain it on a paper towel.  Add the onion to the same skillet and cook 4-5 minutes or until they are soft.  Add the chicken to the same skillet and cook it until it's done through, about 6-7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, spinach, and garlic to the skillet.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper and red chili flakes to taste. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes start to soften and the spinach wilts.  Add in the cream and the pancetta and bring the sauce to a boil.  Remove it from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Drain the pasta well and toss it with the sauce.  You can garnish it with fresh basil, if desired.