Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gourmet Tribute: Pappardelle with Chicken and Mushroom Ragu

Pappardelle is probably my favorite form of pasta. Like fettuccine on steroids, it lends a lasagna-like quality to any pasta dish. Gourmet's Pappardelle with Chicken and Mushroom Ragu is the perfect "Texas Fall" dish. It is at once hearty and light... with savory flavors that impress. I don't usually buy chicken thighs- when recipes call for it, I buy white meat instead- but I liked the tender, rich taste that the dark meat brought to the table. The addition of balsamic vinegar lends richness and the arugula brightens things up. A delicious dish!

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