While we were on vacation, I asked Caleb if he missed my cooking. He said yes, he did, but that he mostly just missed being full. My husband likes to eat frequently (read: snacks before and after dinner and in the middle of the night), so he really missed having a fridge full of food at his disposal. Caleb loves pasta, so I tried this new pasta dish right after we got home. I loved the blend of the different Italian cheeses! If you're also a cheese lover, you will enjoy this dish!
Baked Four-Cheese Farfalle with Chicken
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, or 3-4 smaller ones
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 (28-32 oz) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained (1 1/4 cups juice reserved) and finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 pound farfalle
2 1/2 cups coarsely grated mozzarella
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
1/2 cup diced Fontina
1/3 cup grated parmesan Romano
Drizzle olive oil in sauté pan and allow to heat up. Dice the chicken breasts into small pieces and cook in olive oil until cooked through. Set aside.
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over moderately low heat. Add flour and cook, whisking, for 3 minutes to make a roux. Add milk and reserved tomato juice in a slow stream, whisking, then bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Stir in tomatoes, salt, and pepper and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions; drain.
In a large bowl, stir together chicken pieces, pasta, sauce, mozzarella, Gorgonzola, and Fontina. Transfer to buttered 3- or 4-quart shallow baking dish and sprinkle with parmesan Romano cheese. Bake at 375 degrees until golden and bubbling, 25-30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
source: recipe altered from The Gourmet Cookbook