Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Tina, I am 42 years old and married to a wonderful man named Robert. I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area with my husband and our two pugs, Koko and Lucy and a special kitty, named Trixie.

I am of Italian decent and love to cook not just for my family but for everyone! I have a lot of weeknight dinner guest and try to keep it casual but delicious! My Mom passed away a few years ago and was my great teacher.

In 2012 I have changed the way I eat. A real lifestyle change to be healthier, eat a nutrient dense diet and remove all processed foods, refined flours and sugars from our diet. I do cook a lot healthier than my Mom did and do a lot more vegetarian meals, poultry and fish. I'm trying to find a way to keep the traditions of family, friends and good food in my house always.

I plan to post my weekly menus, update with new recipes, health information and articles and how to eat mostly organic in an economical way. I will also periodically post personal updates of my journey to regain health and hope.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Close but no cigar...Pasta

I was trying to re-create a pasta dish from Macaroni Grill called Pasta Milano. It is bowtie pasta with mushrooms, grilled chicken, sun dried tomatoes in a creamy garlic sauce. This is what I came up with and it was good, but not quite the same. I definitely won't cook the sun dried tomatoes next time, the saute made them mellow with no bright bite to them. Also, I think they use white mushrooms and I used criminis which I do love. I definitely need to work on my plating and photography skills.
My brother told me my food all looks mushy and this is another mushy looking photo. I think it is my camera! Seriously, this tasted a lot better than it looks in the picture!

Almost Pasta Milano


1 lb. bowtie pasta
2 Boneless skinless chicken breast, marinated in Italian dressing
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 pint crimini mushrooms, sliced
6 sun dried tomatoes chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. Flour
3 Tbsp. Butter
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste


1) Grilled and cut chicken into bite sized pieces
2) Cook pasta according to package directions
3) In a small skillet over medium heat cook onion in olive oil, add mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes when onion is translucent and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked through.
4) In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat melt butter, add flour and cook 2-3 minutes.
5) Whisk in milk and cook until sauce will hold on the spoon.
6) Add garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
7) Toss all together and grate fresh Parmesan on top.
Tip: If sauce appears to be too thick, you can add some of the cooking water from the pasta to thin out a bit.


Marye said...

I love that dish..yours looks good..sometimes I have to do mine several times to get it right. You might try forgoing the flour based sauce and using a cream reduction next time. :)

Amber said...

This sounds and looks like a really yummy dish. Have you tried searching for copycat recipes?

GlimmerGal said...

I didn't want to look for a copy cat recipe..the fun for me is trying to re-create it on my own and adjusting the recipes. I may take a peek to see if I am going in the right direction though.

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Anj said...

That looks so good. Our local Macaroni Grill closed down darn it. I'll have to try your version.