My mother didn’t like to cook, in spite of the fact that she did it six days a week. While I long ago abandoned such childhood specialties as elbow macaroni coated in melted Velveeta, there’s one quickie meal that I’ve returned to: lazy cacciatore.
“Real” cacciatore has all kinds of ingredients, including mushrooms, wine and spices. As my childhood home was devoid of these sorts of crazy, fancy elements, we made do with the basics. And this is absolutely basic.
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 jar pasta sauce, simple pasta sauce or other tomato-based sauce of your choosing
- Rind of parmesan cheese
- Grated parmesan cheese
Toss chicken, onions, peppers, sauce and parmesan rind into the slow cooker. Set the cooker on low and ignore for 8-10 hours.
When ready to serve, shred the chicken and return to the pot.
Serve over pasta and garnish with grated parmesan cheese.
The Tiny Kitchen Assistant loves this. He asks for it. It blows me away. No, it’s not the fanciest meal you’ll ever serve, but it might just be the easiest.