RIGATONI CHORIZO & CHICKEN AL FORNO

Did you know that Jordan Almonds are dangerous.

Really good . . . but detrimental to teeth.

This I know from experience.

While sitting in a dentist office, awaiting my 16th appointment . . . for one little implant, I spotted this recipe after reading 25 magazines.  That was a long sentence, but so true. I guess you can figure out what lead to my implant.  It’s a long process.  It’s a five to six month process.  Am I still eating Jordan Almonds?  Yes . . . but I suck on them first!

This recipe has been cluttering the bottom on one of my purses for over a year now.  It was almost unreadable, but the interest it has spurred in the beginning still lingered on.  So . . . knowing this wouldn’t be a husband favorite, I’ve put off making this for quite a while now.  Last night I decided he would just have to “buck up” . . . as he tells me to do quite often.

Since my husband works at least 45 minutes away from home sweet home, he usually gives me a call when he’s leaving the office. It took me a lot of years to train him to do this for me.  I appreciate this greatly, because I know when to start Cooking!  When he called last night, I must have had that “sound” in my voice that said:  “Your not going to like your dinner tonight.”  You see, he doesn’t ever ask me what we are having for dinner . . . but he did last night.  I just laughed, and he knew.  He just knew.  He ate a bag of Doritos and 2 oranges on the way home!  The mean of that.

I served this with a green salad, green peas and some toasted Ciabatta bread.  It’s delicious!  It’s a delicious cream sauce, swimming with melted cheese & wrapped around Rigatoni pasta.  Chorizo sausage and tender pieces of Rotisserie Chicken breast are at home as well.  On top of all this goodness, is a layer of shaved Parmesan.

Now . . . doesn’t that sound like something a husband should like?  I think so . . . and he did!  He really did.  “It’s good, but Steak is always better,” he said.  Go figure.

I’ll show you how easy this is to throw together for your own picky husband,

or boyfriend, or cousin, your dog or friend.

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You will need:  Rigatoni or Paccheri Pasta, grated Mozzarella or Colby Jack cheese, Barese or Chorizo Sausage, white wine or Chicken stock, green peas (opt), Heavy Cream, eggs, shaved Parmesan & Salt & Pepper.

Start by bringing a big pot of water to a BOIL. I also add a couple pinches of sea salt and 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil to my water. I wasn’t able to find Paccheri pasta, but the recipe says or Rigatoni.

Your box might not be the same size as my box. I used the whole box, but I didn’t need it all. The recipe calls for 1 package of Paccheri or Rigatoni.  That’s not telling us much.

Start by boiling the pasta in boiling water, until al dente. (about 8 minutes) When it’s done, remove the pan from the heat and drain the pasta.

(I ending up using – 5 cups of Cooked Rigatoni)

I used 4 large Chorizo Sausages, since I was also unable to find Barese Sausage.  It might have been lurking somewhere, but It didn’t find me! I didn’t remove the casings before slicing, and the brand I used was Falls Brand back in the meat section.

Cut the links in small bite size pieces.

Toss the sausage around in a hot skillet and brown it well.  Note:  My sausage didn’t render much grease at all, but if yours does . . . get rid of it!

While the sausage is frying, cut your cooked chicken breasts in small pieces. I used Rotisserie Chicken that was in my freezer for just such spendid dishes.

If your sausage is brown & golden, turn the heat down to a very low simmer, and add your chicken.

Make sure that you turn the heat to the lowest setting on your stove, cover it with a lid . . . and walk away.

I decided to use two small casserole dishes in place of a 9×13 glass casserole.  I’m going to try to freeze one of these (before it’s baked) for later use.  Since it’s cream sauce, it just might not work.  I’ll let you know later.  Crack 3 eggs in a small bowl and whisk til almost frothy.

Measure 1 quart (4 cups) of Cream, and pour the beaten egg into the cream.  Whisk it all together until blended.

Chef’s Note:  The recipe calls for 4 cups of heavy cream.  After making this dish, I do believe that 3 cups of cream would be quite sufficient, if you are using 5 cups of cooked pasta. I actually used 2 cups of Heavy Cream and 2 cups of Half & Half. It worked out wonderfully.  The next time I make this, I will use 2 cups cream, 1 cup Half & half or even milk and 5 cups of cooked pasta. If you’re not concerned with calories, like my 50 yr. old body is . . . use all the cream!

Pour the cream and egg mixture into the skillet with the sausage and the chicken. Stir it until combined. I also added 1 Tablespoon of sugar to my cream.  It’s just my thing!

Measure 1/2 cup of White Wine or Chicken Stock, and pour it into the cream mixture and stir until all combined.  Season well with Salt & Pepper to your taste.

Add the drained Pasta and stir well. Remember:  I added 5 cups of cooked Pasta to my cream mixture.  If you are using 4 cups of cream, I would recommend using 6 cups of cooked pasta.

Add 1/2 cup of shaved Parmesan.  The smell is heaven!

Stir until combined.  Make sure your heat is on low, low, low.

Stir in 1 cup of grated cheese.  The recipe calls for Mozzarella.  I used a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar.  I decided to serve the green peas on the side, but you can add them to the cream right now….if you’d like. I suddenly had visions of Tuna Casserole!  You decide.

Pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch glass baking dish or casserole dish.  I used two smaller dishes. I didn’t grease them, but I’m sure it would be fine if your itching to do so. Pepper overload as usual!

Top with the remaining grated cheese and cover with tin foil. Note:  I did spray the dull side of the tin foil with cooking spray, so that it wouldn’t stick to my melted cheese! Bake in a 400 degree oven (in the center of the oven) for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want the edges to be crisp and golden, as well as some of the bottom of the dish.  Oh yum.

Did you know?

Al forno is an Italian phrase that translates to English as “at or from the oven,” and is used to describe foods such as breads, pasta, casseroles or pizza that are often baked in an oven.

Just so you know . . . I will be running double duty now!  So worth it.

 

RIGATONI CHORIZO & CHICKEN AL FORNO

  • 1 package of fresh Paccheri or Rigatoni (I used 5 cups of cooked pasta)
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3/4 pound Barese Sausage ( I used 4 large Chorizo links)
  • 2 cups of shredded or diced cooked Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup White Wine or Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup frozen green peas (opt)
  • 1 quart of Heavy Cream (4cups)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  1. In a skillet simmer the bite size sausages until golden brown and cooked through.
  2. While sausage is browning, cut 2 cups of cooked chicken breasts into small pieces. Add chicken to the skillet with the sausage.
  3. Turn the heat to lowest setting on stove top, and cover the pan with a lid.
  4. Boil Paccheri or Rigatoni until al dente (about 8 or until al dente) Remove from heat and drain.
  5. In a bowl beat the three eggs and mix into the heavy cream.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add cream/egg mixture to the skillet and stir well.
  7. Add chicken stock and stir to combine. Note:  I also added 1 Tablespoon of sugar as well.
  8. Add cooked and drained pasta and cheeses.  Stir well until combined.
  9. Place combined mixture in a baking dish or casserole, top with more grated cheese and a bit more salt & pepper. Cover with foil.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees in the center of the oven for approx 45 minutes to 1 hour.  This cream egg mixture should not run all over if pierced with fork and the dish should be bubbly.
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  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com - April 8, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    Um, yes please! I have leftover cream from the four-cheese potatoes I made (you should check them out) and I wasn’t sure what I should do with it. Now I know: this recipe! Don’t you hate when recipes say things like “one box” of stuff! So vague! This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - April 8, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Yum! I think I gained 10 lbs. just looking at the pictures.
    I better not let my boys see this…they’ll want me to make it right now!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - April 8, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Wow, that looks SO good. I love me some cheesy, creamy pasta any time of day.ReplyCancel

  • Breenah - April 8, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    That looks ridiculously delicious and I think I could polish some off even though I just got done eating. This will definitely be bookmarked.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - April 9, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks outstanding and I’m pretty sure I would love it. Just out of curiosity, Jonna how far/long do you run after eating something like this? I will have to make this very soon!ReplyCancel

  • Diana B - April 11, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    This looks amazing..and with with sausage it will be liked by the men in our house too!!! I can’t wait to get to the store and get the sausage to try this!!!! Thank you again for another amazingly easy recipe to make family dinners more enjoyable!!!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn Nef - April 12, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    Jonna, even when I don’t feel like cooking, I love to check out your blog — because your darling, cutie-patootie personality always shines through! And… I am usually inspired to cook after. Yea! (My family thanks you – again.)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - April 13, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    Can I just say, for how amazing it looks (and I’m sure tasted) that is a really small serving on that plate. 🙂 25days and counting until I’m off my diet and can make a few of these “treats”ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - April 14, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    Oh my word. I need this in my mouth right now!ReplyCancel

  • trista - April 25, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    I tried this great recipe and ruined it. as a tip follow the instructions that are in the step by step. I followed the recipe at the bottom and its not the same. also be aware of the sausage you buy. I decided not to go to the local butcher and resulted in a plastic casting that has to be removed before cooking. which mean I had ground greasy beef.ReplyCancel

  • Maija-Liisa - April 27, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    This looks great Jonna and your handsome hubby should be grateful to eat so well every night, steak or not. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 - June 2, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    I’ll pass on the Jordan Almonds, but will definitely give your rigatoni dish a try. It sounds fabulous!

    You and I were both featured by Ali of Jam Hands in her “Ten Tasty Food Blogs You Should Be Reading”. So, so glad I came by!

    Best,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 - June 2, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    P.S. I voted for you over at Babble!ReplyCancel

  • Julie M. - August 20, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    This is going on the dinner table tonight. I can’t wait to try it out!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - October 17, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    Did you freeze this prior to cooking? How’d it turn out?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - October 18, 2011 - 5:32 am

      Hi Jessica,

      I did not freeze before serving. I’m afraid I just can’t tell you what the results would be. Let us all know if you try it.
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • annika - January 21, 2012 - 8:27 am

    I love it 🙂
    It’s so yummy !ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - May 5, 2012 - 3:13 pm

    I made this a few weeks ago and it is to live for!! Fantabulous recipe, can’t wait to make it again.ReplyCancel