Each Thursday my husband refuses to take lunch to office and my daughter finds every excuse to go to dad’s office. All for “Texas Tijuana Taco Penne” which is served by the restaurant “Pasta Ya Gotcha” at their café. That is generally followed by him vigorously running at the gym to get rid of the 750 calls accumulated in one meal.
So one Thursday I relented to his repeated requests and drove down to his office to try it out. It helped that the chefs made it live and I could observe how they cooked. The taste was out of the world and I finally understood the lure of Thursday café lunch which so much enticed the rest of my family. So after careful analysis and couple of attempts I think I got it albeit in a more healthier form :)
- 1 cup store bought dry pasta of your choice
- 1 cup ground chicken (coarse keema)
- 1tsp. minced garlic
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1tsp. all purpose flour
- 2tsp. butter
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 3tbsp. readymade taco seasonings (amazon link)
- Salt to taste
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the water and keep it ready.
In frying pan melt butter and add ground chicken to it. Fry on medium heat for about 5 minutes and remove them.
Heat rest of the butter and add minced garlic to it. Don’t forget to reduce the heat to low else it will turn brown.
Add one teaspoon flour to it and fry on medium heat for few seconds. Now pour milk and cream to it.Mix well so that it doesn’t have any lump inside. Bring them to a boil while stirring continuously.
While the sauce is boiling add half of the cheese and cooked ground chicken to it and allow it to simmer till it thickens. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and taco spices. You can make the sauce in advance and keep it refrigerated. In that case you have to warm up the sauce just before.
Take the cooked pasta on a pasta bowl and pour ladleful of sauce over it. Top it up with grated cheese and green onions.
You can dump the drained pasta in the sauce and mix it well. Garnish with cheese and green onions.