Hey there! So, on a Monday night, I was really craving some cheesy pasta. Now if you know
me you, then you know that I am not a fan of something TOO cheesy. Also, I always love a twist
on things. I didn't really know where I was going with this recipe, but I got it! I decided I
wanted a nice cheesy, but a little spicy alfredo sauce with small pasta and a flavorful choice of
protein. If you're still interested in this fusion of cheesy and spicy, carry on!
Barilla's Penne Pasta
1 lb box
Rao's Alfredo Sauce
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
Nando's Peri Peri Marinade
6 tablespoons/ thigh
Green Bell Pepper
Ground Black Pepper
Red Chili Flakes
Half a cup
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Half a cup
GET TO COOKING
Dice the white onion.
Dice the tomatoes.
Cut chicken thighs into strips.
Cut green bell pepper into thin, long strips.
Cut green chilies into small circles.
For marinating, add the chicken thighs into a bowl with Peri Peri marinade. Mix the marinade well with the chicken and let it be for 30 mins to an hour in the fridge.
Cook your penne pasta al dente (according to instructions on box) in water, salt, and a tablespoon of oil.
On a pan, add 3 tablespoons of oil (add more if more chicken). Once hot, add marinated chicken peices
to pan and cook until chicken is well done.
In a different pan, add about 3 tablespoons of oil. Once hot, add cumin seeds and let sizzle for about 30 seconds.
Throw in bell peppers, add cajun seasoning, and cook for about 8 minutes. To check if your bell peppers are cooking, see if you can break it with
In a pot, smear butter on the base. Add your minced garlic and onions. Let the onions cook until translucent, then add
tomatoes and green chilies. Add alfredo sauce in pot and let cook for a minute. To get the sauce thinner, add about half a cup of
milk and stir. Add in black pepper, salt, paprika, 1/3 cup of pasta water, and crushed red peppers. Keep stirring until it comes to a boil.
Once boiled, add pasta in the sauce along with shredded mozzarella cheese. Mix until there is a soft consistency.
Once done, add pasta to your plate and top with bell peppers, chicken, and crushed red peppers.