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Menu Plan for the week of Oct. 4, 2013:  Thursday's Recipes

Pasta with Chicken, Red Beans and Red Pepper

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     This is a simple dish to end the week; just a few ingredients and it goes together quickly.  You can substitute canned tomatoes....

Pasta with Chicken, Red Beans, Red Pepper      Preparation, cooking time: 25 minutes
   Red pepper, red beans and a few of the last fresh tomatoes come together for a quick sauce for pasta and sautéed chicken breasts.  Delicious doesn't have to be difficult!

1 1/4 cup dried pasta, curly macaroni, rigatoni
2 chicken breasts
1 medium red pepper
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp paprika, sweet or smoky
2 tsp olive oil
15oz (450gr) red beans
2 medium tomatoes
1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) chicken stock

Cook the pasta according to package directions. 
Prep:  Roughly chop the pepper and onion.  Mince the garlic. Cut chicken into large bite-size pieces. Roughly chop tomatoes.  Open, drain and rinse beans.
Cook:  In a large skillet heat oil.  Sauté paprika in hot oil for 1 minute. Add onion, pepper and sauté for 5 minutes. Add chicken and sauté until cooked through.  Add garlic, sauté 1 minute longer.  Add tomatoes, beans, stock, and simmer until tomatoes soften and sauce starts to thicken, 5 - 10 minutes.  Pour sauce over pasta, stir well to combine and serve.

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, pot and colander for pasta, strainer

Put water on high heat for pasta
Chop pepper, onion
Mince garlic
Chop tomatoes
Cut chicken

Open, drain, rinse beans
Start to cook pasta
Sauté paprika in oil
Add onion, pepper to oil, sauté
Add chicken, sauté
Add garlic, sauté
Add tomatoes, stock, beans, simmer
Drain pasta, add to sauce, stir well

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