If you’re alone tonight with the urge for a chicken dinner, you don’t have to order in–whip up instant cacciatore instead. Chances are you’ll have all the ingredients at home. If not, you can probably find them at your corner store.
Go vegetarian by replacing the chicken with a drained can of chickpeas or kidney beans, then sprinkle with grated Parmesan, Asiago or goat cheese. Instead of preparing chicken from scratch, you could use leftover cooked chicken, steak or roast beef, crumbled ground beef or sliced Italian sausage.
Noodles, rice or couscous
Cook egg noodles for minimum time according to package directions. Drain and add to boiling cacciatore sauce. Stir gently for a couple of minutes. Noodles will absorb some of the sauce. Cacciatore is also great over rice (use quick-cooking rice to save time) or over couscous that’s ready in 5 minutes. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 day or frozen for up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave.