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Rated on 9/18/09 - This recipe made it into my book#266453 . High praise is well deserved here. What a fantastic idea for a recipe! This worked out perfectly for a busy weeknight. I made it 2 hours in advance, did my mom taxi service, and came home to a dinner (saved in the fridge) that was complete - then we had to dash off to another event. It worked beautifully. Now for the TASTE. Oh my...delish. It had that authentic ceasar flavoring and a hint of spice due to the crushed red pepper flakes. The pasta was perfect (I used about 8 oz) and lightly dressed. Don't be afraid of the anchovy paste!! It adds an authentic flavor (plus, it's not expensive). I did not add the extra salt to the dressing, since the anchovy paste seemed to provide enough salt taste for us. The chicken was crispy and full of flavor all on it's own. My whole family loved this and all went back for seconds. It was so easy, too! Thank you. ~Made for Fall PAC~
This recipe deserves 5 stars for the great Caesar dressing alone. It's definitely one of the best homemade Caesar dressings I've had. I did make some changes otherwise though... I used grilled chicken instead, added sun-dried tomatoes & kalamata olives, and pretty much increased the amount of everything else as the servings would be really tiny if I didn't.
Great, easy, fast, healthy recipe, and esp good for warmer days. I just grilled my chicken pieces (not cut up; part of why it was so fast; I had a bunch marinating for general use in a container in the fridge). I could not get arugula so I used lightly steamed kale. I put the greens on plates, then added the pasta (I made extra), parm, and some of the dressing, then put the chicken pieces hot off the grill on that, then added tomato wedges and kalamatas and some more dressing and parm. It was all so flavorful and a wonderful combination of textures and temperatures. As for the dressing, it turned out that my mayo was *really* minimal, so I threw the other ingredients (eyeballed measurements; subbed garlic powder) into the almost empty jar with ~5 T plain nf yogurt and a swig of olive oil and shook everything together (because I didn't want to clean the processor). This worked really well, and it was much praised, so I will be making a multiplied version of the dressing to keep in the fridge for day to day salads. Thanks. --M