Friday, March 14, 2014

Quick and Easy Angel Hair Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Chicken

We moved to our new home a few weeks back and I was dying to try my new oven.  I got some veggies from a local organic farm and tossed up some simple pasta with that.  Made some Chicken along to add the protein.  A complete, tasty and satisfying meal!!

  • Vegetables of your choice for roasting  - I used Brussel sprouts, Zucchini and Asparagus - chop them mostly into same size to aid roasting at the same time
  • Chicken - 2 pounds - Cut into portion size - This is optional if you want to keep the meal vegetarian
  • Angel hair pasta - 1 pound
  • Olives - about 1/4 cup - I used an assortment of pitted and pickled Olives
  • Feta Cheese - about 2 OZs - cut into small cubes
  • Pesto - 2 tbs - I got the Organic freshly made from the store
  • Salt - 1 table spoon - add per taste
  • Freshly crushed black pepper - 1 table spoon - add per taste
  • Olive Oil - 4 table spoons
For Roasted Vegetables:
Take a flat non stick oven tray and spread the vegetables evenly on one half and Chicken pieces on the other half..  Drizzle it with about 2 table spoons of Olive Oil and Salt.  Preheat the over to about 350 deg F (this might differ depending on the size and type of oven you are using).  Use the roast setting if available.  Once the oven is preheated, place the oven tray with vegetables and Chicken inside.  Roast it for about 20-30 minutes until you can see the vegetables and Chicken turn golden on the edges.  Take the tray out and sprinkle it with some pepper.  You can also sprinkle it with some lemon salt or rosemary salt.  Be mindful that both these contain Salt already.
For Pasta:
In a large pot, bring about 8 cups of water to boil.  Add some salt.  Add the pasta once the water comes to boil.  Follow the instructions on the pasta package for how long to cook it.  I like it al-dante. So, it took about 8 minutes.  Drain the pasta and keep aside.  In another bowl large enough to toss the pasta, add 2 table spoons of olive oil, Feta Cheese, Pesto, Olives, Salt and Pepper.  Toss the pasta you kept aside gently with these.  Serve it Luke warm with Roasted Vegetables and Chicken.