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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pasta Dish & White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

I wanted to try this recipe because the combination of white wine and white cheddar sounded really good. However, this didn't turn out as good as I thought it was going to be. The sauce just did not get thick for me, but I think it might be because I didn't use the roasted garlic paste. Jon said that he liked it, but wished there was some sauce on it...and I knew that the sauce didn't pull through then! So if you decide to make this, I would recommend using the garlic paste to see if that makes the sauce thicker.

Ziti with Chicken in a White Wine Cheddar Sauce
Adapted from Good Things Catered as seen on Just 2 Good

1 lb ziti or other pasta (I used rotini)
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 Cup Roasted garlic paste (I didn't have any of this so I just used 2 cloves of minced garlic)
3 Tbsp flour
1/2 Cup white wine
2 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups broccoli, cooked
2 Cups chicken, cooked and cubed
1 1/2 Cups white cheddar cheese, grated (I used sharp white cheddar parmesan cheese)
Salt and Pepper

Cook pasta to al dente and set aside. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. When butter begins to foam, add roasted garlic paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook until reduced, about 2 minutes. Add broth and simmer until slightly thickend, about 2 minutes. (I added the flour in here to try to thicken it up more) Add cheese and stir constantly while returning to a boil. Add Ziti, turning to coat. Add chicken and broccoli and serve.


I have been craving cookies with oatmeal, white chocolate chips & cranberries...and this recipe was starred in my Google reader. These were SO good. I will definitely make them again someday. It's just a great combination of flavors!

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Source: Adapted from Recipezaar as seen on Fresh from Cate's Kitchen

(adapted from RecipeZaar)

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
6 ounces white chocolate chips

* Preheat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with silpats (I don't have these, but I should!)
* In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
* In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy.
* Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
* Stir in oats, flour mixture, white chocolate, and cranberries and mix until combined.
* Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes, until just beginning to get a little color.
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1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry it didn't turn out! I think the roasted garlic is key in this recipe and just can't imagine it without it. I roasted 4 heads of garlic in the oven and made my own paste. If you're up to it I would try it again -- this time with the roasted garlic.