Quick and Easy Fettuccine Pasta with Chicken and Red Bell Pepper

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This is so easy and delicious

Please pardon the bad lighting.

There was left over fettuccine pasta in the fridge from the other night’s pesto delight (courtesy of my brother’s girlfriend) so I decided to grab some pantry ingredients, toss everything together to create this simple, easy and yummy dish.

Ingredients:

  1. Fettuccine pasta
  2. Chicken thigh fillet, quartered
  3. Onion
  4. Garlic
  5. Bell pepper
  6. Olive oil
  7. All purpose cream
  8. Half cup of water
  9. Salt and pepper

Procedure:

  1. Heat the pan, pour in two tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Saute onion, then garlic.
  3. Add in the quartered fillet. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the red bell pepper.
  5. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the all purpose cream plus half cup of water.
  7. Season properly and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Toss in in the pasta.
  9. Serve with bread.

Enjoy!

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(Improvised?) Chili Con Carne Recipe

There’s half a kilo of ground beef in the fridge.

There’s canned pink beans sitting on the counter.

I have no tomato paste and cumin.

I have nothing else in the pantry (unless I go out and purchase something).

The answer is simple — I will improvise a chili con carne recipe.

I have been cooking chili con carne for several years now and this has been a staple with rice, nachos and taco shells. Everyone who tastes it loves the damn thing that one of the Team Leaders in my past life asked for my recipe.

Today I deviate from my original recipe, the recipe that has put my cousin to shame (and I tell you, she does a decent chili con carne too) as I rummage our counter and our fridge for a good substitute for tomato paste and cumin.

Was the result spectacular?

Hell it was!

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Chili con carne rice topping garnished with red chili, green chili and shards of cheddar cheese.

Ingredients:

  1. Ground beef
  2. Pink beans (maybe you can substitute pork and beans? For this recipe I used this)
  3. Garlic (whole and chopped finely)
  4. Palm oil
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
  7. Sugar
  8. Star anise
  9. Bay leaf
  10. Ground oregano
  11. Cayenne pepper
  12. Ketchup
  13. Curry powder
  14. Butter

Yeah, you are correct, substituting tomato paste and cumin are ketchup and curry powder oh thank goodness I still have them at home!

The ketchup I used was UFC banana ketchup. Yup, banana ketchup! If you are a reader from overseas, this kind of ketchup is popular here in the Philippines maybe because it is less pricey than tomato ketchup? Or maybe it’s also because we Filipinos have been accustomed to the tang of banana ketchup versus the sharpness of tomato ketchup.

As for the curry powder, I tweaked this one a bit. With the store bought curry powder as base I added paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and sugar. Tossed everything together and kept in a plastic container.

Procedure:

  1. Saute garlic in hot pan with palm oil.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook thoroughly.
  3. Add the spices: star anise, bay leaf, ground oregano, curry powder, cayenne pepper. Mix and let it simmer for some two to three minutes.
  4. Add the ketchup, mix. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. For extra kick, add more cayenne pepper.
  5. Now here is the fun part. I saw that gorgeous looking butter in the fridge and thought hmmm why not give my chili con carne a nice sheen to it? And so I did! Add two table spoons of butter.
  6. Serve hot with rice or nachos.

Enjoy!