Chicken with Farfalle & Mascarpone

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Chicken with Farfalle & Mascarpone
Serves 4
If you'd like to try mascarpone cheese in a recipe other than a dessert, I'd recommend trying it in a sauce recipe like this one.
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  1. 1 cup Mascarpone Cheese
  2. 2 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  3. 1 tsp. Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  4. 4 cups Raw, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, cut in strips
  5. 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  6. 1 Tbsp. Fresh Garlic, chopped
  7. 1/3 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes, chopped
  8. 1/4 cup Green Onions, chopped
  9. 1/4 cup Pine Nuts, whole
  10. 1 bag (10 oz.) Baby Spinach
  11. 1 lb. Farfalle (Bow Tie) Pasta
  12. 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  13. 1/4 cup Buttered Bread Crumbs (optional)
  1. Cook farfalle in boiling salted water to al dente. Drain and reserve cooked pasta and 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Stir together the lemon juice, mascarpone and pepper and set aside.
  3. In a LARGE skillet over medium high heat, saute chicken strips in 1/2 of the olive oil until just cooked and lightly browned. Reserve & keep warm.
  4. In the same skillet now over medium heat, saute the pine nuts until lightly toasted then add the garlic and green onion and saute a moment longer.
  5. To that saute mixture, add back the chicken, the cooked pasta and the 1/2 cup of pasta water and then additionally add the sun-dried tomatoes and the uncooked spinach leaves. Cook this mixture over medium heat while gently stirring and folding the ingredients for 1 minute then add the mascarpone mixture while stirring.
  6. Bring the sauce within the mixture to a simmer and then season with salt and any additional pepper to taste.
  7. Portion for service topped with Parmesan Cheese and/or buttered bread crumbs.
Nino Salvaggio