I have the best dinner for you today.
It’s quick, easy, full of summer flavors, healthy…ish and yet still kind of cozy too!! You know how much I love a cozy meal!
Watch the how-to video here:
My current state of mind is all about super simple meals. I’ve been trying my hardest to come up with EASY meals for you guys, and let me tell you, it’s not easy in the least. But today’s recipe is a real winner and anyone who loves real chicken parmesan will love this 20 minute heirloom tomato chicken parmesan bolognese. I even think this a dish you will be able to get picky eaters to eat. YESS.
Seriously, this recipe is here to save your Monday. And by that, I just mean it will make your Monday extra easy and delicious. If you’re looking for a quick and simple recipe, have people coming over, or just want to feed your family at a decent hour (we don’t even know what a decent hour is around here) and have not a thing planned. Yupp, then this will save your day.
Also, I know it may be like a gazillion and one degrees outside where you are, so I am very happy to inform you that you don’t even need to turn on your oven for this recipe. Err, well, if you want to quickly melt that mozzarella under the broiler than you do, but that takes maybe a minute.
Clearly we do not need to count that as REAL oven time.
So here’s the deal. This is one of the quickest cooking and easiest meals around. The hardest part is chopping the tomatoes, and if that’s too hard for you, you can always throw the tomatoes into the food processor OR even just swap in a can of roasted tomatoes (but only if you are in a BIG pinch, cause, it’s tomato season and you have to use them while you have em!!). Once you have the tomatoes chopped up, literally everything goes in a skillet for ten minutes. Then just boil some pasta, add some cheese, melt the cheese a little and that’s it.
It really does not get easier and the flavors are SPOT on. Tomatoes, basil, chicken, parmesan, mozzarella…more basil. PASTA!!
I used heirloom tomatoes for this recipe, but feel free to use any tomato variety, I am mildly obsessed with heirlooms at the moment and pretty much just cannot get over their gorgeousness. Literally, they make me excited to get up cook, shoot and eat everyday. And you know? I think I have yet to see the best tomatoes that summer has to offer. Late August through September seems to always have the BEST heirlooms.
I am so excited!
Ok and I’m also a tad excited for fall since I have way too many fall recipes floating around in my head, but don’t worry, August is about all things summer. Promise.
But umm, has anyone started making football food yet?? My older brother and my younger brother went to the first Browns pre-game of the season Thursday, so that got me thinking about football food.
First though, this pasta. It NEEDS to be made.
Make it this month with fresh tomatoes, and then make it throughout the fall and winter with canned tomatoes. Perfect versatile, all seasons meal…
Whoa, I didn’t know I could do that. Cool!
20 Minute Heirloom Tomato Basil Chicken Parmesan Bolognese.
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
- 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 1 heirloom or regular tomato finely chopped*
- 1 cup rounded heirloom cherry tomatoes or regular cherry tomatoes halved*
- 1/3 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- salt + pepper to taste
- 1 cup fresh basil chopped
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced
- 1 pound spaghetti
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and brown all over, breaking up the chicken as it cooks. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add both the cherry and regular tomatoes, plus any juice left on the cutting board (if you prefer, you can chop the large tomato in a food processor for fast prep) to the skillet. Cook another minute and then add the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, red wine, balsamic vinegar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened just slightly. Season to taste with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and boil the pasta until al dente. Drain. Pre heat the broiler to high.
Remove the bolognese from the heat and stir in the basil + parmesan.
Add the pasta to oven safe bowls (if you do not have oven safe bowls, just transfer the pasta to an oven safe skillet instead) and spoon the bolognese over the pasta. Add the mozzarella and place under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute. WATCH CLOSE, this goes quick!
Remove and serve immediately with fresh basil and parmesan.
Kind of pretty too, don’t ya think?!? But really, let’s eat. That pasta is looking GOOD.