Chicken Asiago Pasta from Disney's All-Star Resort

Cheese and pasta are great partners. This recipe is for Chicken Asiago Pasta as served at Disney's All-Star Resort. Asiago cheese is a semifirm Italian cheese with a smooth, nutty flavor. It's made from whole or part-skim cow's milk and comes in small wheels with glossy rinds. Young Asiago is used as a table cheese; aged over a year, it becomes hard and suitable for grating.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Ingredients:

2 quarts water
1/2 tsp kosher salt
12 oz. dry penne rigate pasta
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded and cut into 2 inch strips
2 Tblsp olive oil
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch strips
3/4 cup olive oil
1 Tblsp minced garlic, or to taste
1 3/4 cup fresh baby spinach, lightly packed
2 cups grated Asiago cheese
13/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Instructions:

1. Pour water into 4-quart pot. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Once water is boiling add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add pasta. Stir to prevent sticking. Once water comes back to boil, lower heat until water is simmering. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. While pasta cooks, mix flour with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.

3. Heat saut� pan over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once oil is hot (not smoking), carefully place chicken strips into the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes or until chicken is golden on bottom side. Reduce heat to medium, turn chicken strips over and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

4. While chicken is cooking, mix together sun-dried tomatoes, 3/4 cup olive oil, and the garlic. Add the spinach.

5. Once chicken is cooked, place both the chicken and hot pasta into bowl with sun-dried tomatoes, then add cheeses and toss to mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The heat from the chicken and pasta will melt the cheeses.

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