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40 Clove Garlic Spaghetti

13 Nov

40 Clove Garlic Spaghetti

1 pound whole wheat spaghetti (or your favorite spaghetti)
2 pork loin blade chops
40 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
1/4 cup half and half
about 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 green onions, chopped finely (for garnish)
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. In a heavy skillet (preferably cast iron), saute whole garlic cloves in olive oil on low heat for about 40 minutes. It is very important to turn often so they roast evenly without burning. Cook until tender and lightly carmelized. Remove garlic, set aside and do not wash pan.
  2. In same pan, add a little more olive oil and turn heat to medium high. When oil begins to shimmer, add the pork chops, a little salt and pepper, and brown on both sides. Once both sides are brown, simmer on a lower temperature a bit longer until cooked through. Remove chops, set aside and do not wash pan.
  3. Cook spahgetti to al dente, but before you strain, make sure to reserve 1 cup of the water and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter to the strained spaghetti to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Set aside.
  4. In food processor (or blender), combine garlic and half and half and process briefly until it has the consistency of hummus.
  5. In a small pan, and on medium heat, add a little butter, the garlic mixture (you don’t have to use all of it, just to taste) and 3/4 cup of the water from the pasta. Heat and stir until emulsified.
  6. Reheat the pan that you cooked the chops in with a little olive oil (make sure the meat is removed). Heat should be at medium high. Toss in the crushed red pepper for about 30 seconds, and then the pasta, and briskly toss and scrape the pan so that the pasta gets coated with the flavors from the pork and garlic. Add the remaining water from the pasta to help the process along, and then the garlic and half and half mixture. Continue to toss until evenly coated. Add salt if needed.
  7. Add pasta to serving dish and garnish with a little chopped green onion and more crushed red pepper. You can add grated parmigiano or romano cheese if you like.

Skillet Parmesan Chicken

12 Nov

Skillet Parmesan Chicken
Serves 4

1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs (2-3 slices of hearty white sandwich bread in food processor)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/2 lbs), halved horizontally
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4  cup shredded provolone cheese


  1.  Toast bread crumbs in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and half of basil.
  3. In separate bowl, combine remaining olive oil, 1/4 cup Parmesan, remaining basil, garlic, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place flour in dish. Season chicken with salt and pepper and coat with flour.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in now-empty skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  6. Add 4 cutlets and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total.
  7.  Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining cutlets and vegetable oil.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-low and add tomato mixture to empty skillet.
  9.  Return cutlets to pan in even layer, pressing down to cover with sauce.
  10.  Sprinkle mozzarella, provolone, and remaining Parmesan over chicken.
  11. Cover with lid and cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  12.  Sprinkle with bread crumb mixture and serve.