Sometimes I’m a little hesitant to try recipes that are knock-offs of popular restaurant dishes. I suppose I just don’t expect them to live up the the restaurant version. Of course, the more of a foodie I become, the less I eat at the various chains that inspire these knock-offs in the first place. This particular dish is based off of one by the same name at Maggiano’s, more commonly known as Rigatoni D. We’ve been to Maggiano’s a few times and I may have even ordered this once, but I didn’t remember it that well so I don’t have much case for comparison. That’s fine though, this can just stand alone as a great pasta dish. It has grilled chicken, mushrooms and a light wine cream sauce (light in taste and texture, not calories – sorry!) This is a lovely meal and, bonus! Another use for that bottle of Marsala wine in the fridge besides chicken Marsala. Ben particularly enjoyed this dinner. I believe his exact words were, “Hey, cooking lady! Outstanding.” I guess we’ll be having it again :)
My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!
Rigatoni di Gregorio
8 oz. rigatoni
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ cup chopped yellow onion
4 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. dry white wine
¼ cup Marsala wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream (or half-and-half)
2 tsp. minced fresh basil
2 tsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. butter
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. If necessary, turn down the heat to medium-low so the outside doesn't brown too quickly. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut into bite-size pieces.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan with the heat on medium-high. Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan and continue to cook until most of the liquid has been released and the onions are softened, about 5 minutes more. Mix in the garlic and sauté just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and add the wines, scraping with a spoon to deglaze the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Whisk in the chicken broth. Return Bring to a simmer, lower the heat to medium and continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced by about half. Stir in the cream and cook until heated through. Add in the herbs, Parmesan and butter; mix until well blended and the butter is completely melted.
Add the cooked rigatoni to the pan and toss with the sauce. Serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan as desired.