Cooking with beer has always been a great way to add flavour to a dish. With everyone staying home right now it's often challenging to keep things interesting with meals. This recipe is a great introduction to cooking with beer, it's fairly easy to make and you can pair the Settebello with dinner, complementing the flavours you create in the sauce.
Settebello is an Italian Pilsner, created by my partner Peter Caira, as a way to honour his parents Tony and Angela. It's a beer that's very near and dear to our hearts and is also something that pairs well with many foods; especially Italian cuisine. Settebello is a German style pilsner with a softer body and is dry-hopped with noble-type hops. We brew ours with Michigan-grown Crystal hops, Adriatic-grown malt from German maltster Weyermann and we use a Swiss lager yeast for clean fermentation.
Chicken Pasta in Creamy Settebello Sauce
- 2 large chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp butter, split in half
- 1 strip of bacon, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, diced
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup bell peppers, diced
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Settebello Italian Pilsner
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- your favourite pasta
Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1/2 the butter (1 Tbsp) in a skillet on medium heat. Once melted, add the seasoned chicken and cook over medium heat until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from skillet.
Add bacon to skillet, cooking until crispy. Remove and set aside. Start pasta now, according to the package directions.
Add the remaining butter to the skillet and once melted, stir in the garlic and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chopped peppers, stir and heat for another 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle with flour stirring until the flour has been cooked, about 1 minute. Sprinkle thyme over dish and give it a good stir. Pour in the Settebello, scraping to deglaze the pan. Add the cream and reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Stir in the cheese until well combined. Add the chicken and bacon back into the pan, cooking until chicken is warmed., 2-3 minutes.