Following on the theme of Hygge, I wanted to share with you a recipe I tried the other evening. We touched on what Hygge means in our last article and it seems that indulging in good food and company is a real favourite with the Danes. Since the weather this week, in Brighton, has been a tad blustery to say the least, it called for a real warm comfort dish that I invisioned being like a giant hug. You know the kind that encompasses you in comfort and makes you feel all warm inside. Where you feel so satisfied, happy and relaxed that said dish really ‘hits the spot’.
Well start salivating because I have such a dish. Iv been feeling a tad run down lately (since I have embarked on this Hygge Feature) which has made me realise that, not only has this feature come at the right time, but also that I sort of fell out of love with food and eating well. Being too busy means that a good nutritious meal can sometimes be too much effort and opting for something simple and easy or ‘ready’ is the go to option. This does nothing for our bodies regenerative process and a bi product of this can be getting ill because your body has none of the good stuff to stave it off.
Tuesday broke and all I wanted was snuggly blankets and some form of pasta cheese dish. My search began scrolling through the many, many, many pins on Pinterest for cheese based pasta dishes but nothing really caught my eye. I stumbled across two recipes that I liked but wanted to create a hybrid of both within one dish. It was a bit of a gamble, but it really paid off. I am still salivating at the thought of it.
Chicken in a creamy cheese and garlic sauce with tender stem broccoli & some caramelised onion bread on the side. I cheated on the bread front, that’s a pre packed number from Tesco! See details below on how to make this dish, I guarantee it will leave you feeling warm and satisfied inside. Like a giant hug!
2 tblsp butter
1 tblsp flour
6 garlic cloves (you could get away with 3 I just wanted it extra garlicky!)
Tenderstem Broccoli (as much or as little as you like, I went for 3/4 of a pack – about ten stems)
Chicken breasts (one per person)
Pinch of salt
Pepper (to taste)
1 cup of double cream
I cup of chicken stock
100g grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh pasta (I used linguine)
Chop the chicken breasts into either strips or cubes, whatever your preference. Add some oil to the pan, add the chicken – cook until browned.
Take a saucepan, add 2 tblsp of butter and melt. Add 1/2 your chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 1 tblsp of flour and mix until smooth. Take the chicken stock and add it to the rue mixture slowly. Stirring in until smooth. Add the cream and do the same. You will need to stir this sauce continuously. Slowly on a medium heat. Add the remainder of your garlic and the pinch of salt and continue stirring. Add some pepper and stir to taste. You may need to add more depending on your preference.
Take your Parmesan and add it to the sauce, stirring continuously. Once your sauce looks glossy and smooth. Add the chicken and reduce the heat. Continue to stir every so often.
Take a medium sized pot filled with water and bring it to the boil, add your broccoli. Cook for 3 minutes and test, I like my broccoli quite crunchy but leave for longer depending on your desired preference. Once cooked, drain and add to the sauce.
Bring a pot of water to the boil and add your pasta. If you are using fresh pasta it will only take 3 minutes. If you are using dried pasta it will take a bit longer so factor this in.
Once the pasta is ready, simply drain and add a knob of butter. Serve evenly between plates. Take your sauce mixture containing the chicken and broccoli and serve over the pasta.
Bread is optional, we found this dish so filling that I may give the bread a miss next time.
I would love to hear what you think of this recipe! Tag us on instagram if you decide to make it! @lady_loves_online
A guaranteed dish to satisfy the soul.
Words by Danielle Alexandria.
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