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Recipe || A Classic and Simple Pasta Dish

Everyone needs a recipe of their own like this. Something that they can throw together in their sleep, but never get tired of, and is still tasty enough to serve to other people. Sam’s is Roasted Pork with roasted potatoes, spinach and a cream sauce. Mine is this pasta dish. I love it because the flavours taste so clean yet comforting.

Pasta with Chicken, Lemon and Bell Peppers
a classic simple pasta dish
A dish we never tire of!
1/2 lb Farfalle pasta (bow ties)
Red bell pepper, diced
3 chicken breasts cut into strips
1/4 cup of heavy cream
clove of garlic
juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons of capers
olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan
a classic and simple pasta dish
I am a lemon using fiend. I go through so many a week. (I put slices in water to encourage me to drink more.)
Put your pasta on to cook. While your water is boiling start to cook your chicken in a skillet with a bit of garlic and olive oil. When the chicken is no longer pink add in your bell peppers and keep the dish on a low heat.
a classic and simple pasta dish
Sam doesn’t call them bell peppers. He just says, “peppers”.
When your pasta is almost ready, add the capers to the chicken (basically just to warm them.)
a classic and simple pasta dish
I also love capers. If you don’t you can easily not put them in and the dish will still be tasty.
Drain your pasta and toss it with the heavy cream first. Then with the lemon juice. Lastly mix in the chicken and veggies and parmesan. Salt and pepper to taste!
a classic and simple pasta dish
Simple, effective and delicious! What are your standard, “go-to” meals?


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  • I also have started calling bell peppers just peppers as the Swedes call the paprika and that sometimes confuses me with the seasoning!

    • If Mr H said paprika to me, I’d definitely assume he was talking about the seasoning and my recipe would go horribly, horribly wrong. At least Sam knows what I mean when I say “bell peppers” now. x

  • Glad to help πŸ˜‰ x

  • Love a good pasta dish, so nice and comforting on these cold winter nights!

    • Pasta is my favourite comfort food…hmm.. or maybe mashed potatoes. Basically really starchy warm things are my comfort foods in winter. x

  • That is easy! You just add the cold cream to the hot pasta!? My kind of meal. My only problem is that Rob gets wicked back heartburn from peppers. I wonder what I could substitute for the peppers that would give off enough of a flavour… I was going to say zucchini, but those are pretty tasteless.. Either way, I like this go to pasta dish. I have one, but it’s not to serve to other people. I make pasta, add a spoonful of pesto, with some butter and add way too much parmessan cheese.. I call it “noodles”. Before I started working out I would get all hungry and restless at ten at night.. and Rob would call out, “What are you making!?” and I’d simply reply, “Noodles!”.. It’s a nasty habit but I looooove that little dish of simplicity. Oh and if you don’t have enough flavour I toss in some garlic powder to spice things up a bit.

    • Sam has the almost exact same pasta snack dish- his is pesto based too! I always thought it was kind of weird to make a pesto pasta so late at night…but… lo and behold I found someone else with the exact same tastes!!!! Poor Rob! I love peppers so it’d bum me out to not cook with them. Does that mean he can’t really eat Mexican food? If I were to take out the bell peppers I’d add in some scallions for more flavour and either leeks or asparagus for more of a crunch. That being said, I haven’t tried doing it so I’m not positive how well all the flavours would hang together. xx

  • Yes!! YAY for a dinner recipe! And I love me some pasta!

    So, I had to Google what capers were. Then I read the part where you said I could leave them out. I think I’d do that just because I have no idea what they are.

    • It’s super easy to leave them out because it won’t have an effect on the dish as a whole taste wise, but personally I love capers and think they are little balls of delicious extra flavour. But people sometimes really feel strongly about disliking them. Next time you are at an Italian restaurant and you see Chicken Piccata on the menu it traditionally has capers in it and you can take a peak at them that way. xx

  • Lemon and capers are so wonderful. I can see how people wouldn’t like capers, but I love ’em. I also love them because they’re called capers, and I just imagine them getting into all sorts of shenanigans in my pasta.

    • Hahaha I love this comment. I feel the same way about capers. To me they add and are wonderful but I get why you wouldn’t like them! x