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What is Southwest Pasta?
Barbeque Chicken with melted shredded cheese , served over a bed of corkscrew shaped pasta with a creamy Cajun Sauce.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
- 4 cups cooked pasta ( I used fusilli pasta)
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Cajun Sauce (recipes below)
For Cajun Sauce:
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup grated Romano cheese
- 7 egg yolks
- Pinch of Salt and Pepper
- 1 tablespoon to 2 tablespoon of Cajun Seasoning (recipe below)
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon paprika
Slice uncooked chicken breast into strips. (Remember to always wash your hands after touching raw chicken)
Heat 1-2 tablespoon of vegetable oil a large pan on medium heat. Add chicken strips to the pan and cook until done.
Once chicken is cooked, add the BBQ sauce and toss to coat. Set aside.
This is how I plate this dish: Place 1 cup of cooked pasta in a bowl. Pour on ½ cup of the Cajun sauce onto the noodles. Sprinkle a little of the shredded cheese on top of the sauce. Top with a few strips of BBQ chicken.
Cajun Sauce:Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan on medium heat until it begins to simmer. Turn off heat. Slowly stir in cheese.
Once the cheese is stirred in and melted most of the way, remove the pan from the heat. Separate the egg white and egg yolks into 2 bowls. Whisk the egg yolks in their bowl.
Now slowly whisk about ¼ cup of the hot milk and cream mixture into the egg yolks.
Once it is mixed well, slowly add egg yolk mixture back into remaining cream mixture. Place the pan back on to very low heat and continually stir until simmering. Once it reaches a simmer, remove from the heat.
Let the sauce rest for 5-10 minutes to thicken. When the sauce has thickened to your liking, add in 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning and Stir.
***Add one tablespoon of Cajun seasoning at a time, stir and taste, You can always add more but you can’t take out the Cajun seasoning after you’re added it!***
Combine all of the spices into a bowl and mix.