I wasn’t sure if this recipe actually was a cacciatore. So I googled the term cacciatore.
chicken casserole prepared with tomatoes and mushrooms and herbs in the Italian style
The recipe does have tomatoes and mushrooms. I skipped the fresh herbs this time and used spinach. And whoa, it was so yummy. Even my kids who ordinarily prefer to eat their pasta plain with butter and cheese (Yes, I know. FREAKS!) could not resist the lure of the cacciatore.
And honestly, I just love saying “Cacciatore!” Go on, you try and say it with a fake thick Italian accent. And then keep saying it until your family begs you to please stop already.
You will need:
2 cans crushed tomatoes
pint(?) sliced mushrooms
bag of spinach
Fillet your chicken breasts so that they are less thick. You can skip this step if you want, but I strongly recommend it. It helps the chicken cook evenly and more quickly. Peel and slice your onion.
Toss the chicken into your heavy bottomed pan. Put the onions and mushrooms in too. Pour a little olive oil on top and cook, stirring constantly over a medium/high heat.
Once the chicken is cooked through and the onions are clear and floppy (I bet there is a technical cooking term for onions in this state, but I don’t know it. Floppy it is!)
Add you spinach into the pan. You know what I love about cooking spinach? It always looks like such a ridiculously large amount of spinach in the pan. And then when it cooks up you can’t help but think that you needed even MORE spinach.
Stir the spinach around in the pan with the other ingredients until it too gets all floppy and cooked.
Pour in your cans of crushed tomatoes. Add your dried spices. I used garlic powder and basil. Not an exact sciene. I just sprinkled the amount I thought looked good.
Reduce heat. Cover. Let simmer. Periodically check it and give it a stir.
Cook your pasta according the instructions on your box. Which I am willing to bet says add to boiling water and cook until it is al dente. because what other way is there to cook pasta?
Spoon the cacciatore over the pasta.
Hurry up and take a photo before your family eats every last bit of it. Okay, maybe not everyone takes photos of their meals as they cook them.