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Spicy Chicken Pasta



SPICY CHICKEN PASTA
Buca di Beppo Recipe

Serves 4

3/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
2 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1 inch square pieces
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced and blanched
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound orecchiette pasta
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper cooking until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and saute until brown. Add broccoli, zucchini and salt; cook until tender and brown, about five minutes. Set aside.

In a large pot of boiling water cook the pasta until al dente. Prior to draining the pasta, take 1/4 cup of the hot water and add it to the sauce along with the tomato. Drain the pasta very well. Place the pasta back into the pot with the sauce and the cheese. Toss very well, until the sauce is completely incorporated. Serve immediately.

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