Sunday Dinner

Carb loading? Why yes, yes I am. It’s Boston Marathon season, and the best part of carb loading is the beer  pasta!

I’m actually not a huge fan of carb-y things in general. I skip the bread basket and don’t go crazy for bread or pasta unless it’s really good and usually homemade. But every now and then I get a pasta craving, and a chilly Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to let a pot of sauce bubble away.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I unexpectedly ended up having a VERY frustrating work day on Sunday, and going into the kitchen to chop onions and pound chicken tenders was the perfect release. It’s been a week of business lessons for me, the main one being, get everything in writing. Everything.


I wanted to make a really rich and delicious tomato sauce so I started with some anchovies. This was actually my first time cooking with anchovies, and I was surprised that they didn’t smell at all.

I melted them down in a bit of olive oil with a ton of garlic and onions. Ahhh. . . the sizzling sounds and the garlicky, nutty smells. They truly transformed me from my funk, at least until I checked my email again Smile.


When the onions were soft, I poured in a can of crushed tomatoes and added a few spoons of tomato paste. I also added a few pinches of salt and a hefty shake of crushed red pepper.



Next came the chicken. I wanted chicken cutlets, but I accidentally bought these tenders. They were just fine; I took some of my frustration out on them to get them the same thickness, then dunked each one in flour, egg, and Italian bread crumbs.

chicken cutlets

After browning them on each side, I popped them in a 350 oven to cook through while I got my pasta going. I love these little pasta nests.



chicken cutlets

My chicken came out golden brown, the pasta perfectly al dente, and the sauce packed a flavorful punch.

tomato sauce

I topped my bowl with some parmesan cheese, curled up on the couch, and enjoyed a leisurely Sunday evening.

What’s your favorite Sunday dinner?

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Tags: chicken, dinner, Food, pasta, recipe, sauce

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    This looks like the PERFECT Sunday dinner.


  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Mmm the perfect sunday dinner, indeed! I’m jealous that you can usually skip the carbs — I love digging into a good bread basket!


  3. Heather’s avatar

    I never thought to add anchovies to tomato sauce – what a great idea – I bet they add so much flavor!

    I have some anchovy paste in my fridge!


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    i like how you took the frustrations out on this meal. people suck. at least you learned a valuable business lesson….


  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I love anchovies in pasta dishes. Pasta is one of my favorite Sunday night dinners too, but I also love having steak on Sundays!


  6. eric King’s avatar

    This is such a creative meal – looks delicious and doesnt break the bank – thank you for such great pictures.


  7. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Sorry about the work troubles :(

    I’m the opposite of you, I’ll eat pasta any day of the week from anywhere. I love it.


  8. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Oh man, the get everything in writing thing is such a pain but so key. I had my friend who’s a lawyer go over one of my recent contracts and it took about two hours. Anyway, I hear ya, getting into the kitchen to relieve that stress.


  9. Megan’s avatar

    I carb load all the time… for no particular reason other than I love the bread basket and pasta. At least you have an excuse! Sorry about all the frustrating work stuff. Hang in there!


  10. Renee’s avatar

    Not going to lie, I am scared of using anchovies, but intrigued. I wonder if I could sneak them into something w/o the BF tasting them. Probably not. He has tastebuds like a sonar radar.


  11. Molly Galler’s avatar

    So sorry to hear about the frustrating work day! On the plus side, your dinner looks positively delicious!


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