Cooking With Bwog: Pasta Reprise

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Mmm broccoli

Survivorchef Matt Powell descends into the depths of McBain armed with just a 10-inch skillet and crème fraiche to prepare a meal for Daily Editor Alexandra Svokos in the latest installment of Bwog’s Dorm Chef Challenge.

I have a confession to make: I have never been to McBain. All I know of the place is that sophomores often get “shafted” there. I found my way to Alexandra’s relatively well-stocked double, complete with chicken cutlets, broccoli, mozzarella. It was a beautiful sight. Even with these options, the obvious vehicle was pasta, the go-to form of sustenance for the college student.

Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, and Crème Fraiche

Serves 2


  • ½ lb. pasta, cooked in salted water and drained
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 chicken cutlets, diced
  • Salt and Complete Seasoning (or pepper)
  • 2 C broccoli florets
  • ½ C crème fraiche
  • ¼ C shredded mozzarella
  • Parmesan for garnish


  1. While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken cutlets with the salt and Seasoning. Toss the chicken into the skillet and sauté until cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet to a plate, using a slotted spoon. Toss the broccoli into the skillet and sauté until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken back into the skillet and add the crème fraiche, making a thin sauce. Add the mozzarella to give the sauce a little body.
  2. Right before the pasta is finished cooking, drain and toss with the sauce, over medium-high heat about 1 minute. The pasta will finish cooking to al dente in the hot sauce, and it will take on the flavor of the sauce.
  3. Plate and garnish with the parmesan.

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  1. why

    the fuck do you always show some bland Iti shit like pasta etc. Why not some proper good tasting food like Indian or Thai?

  2. Matt

    If you send in your name to Bwog, I would be happy to come and cook some Thai food at your place. Just make sure to have the proper ingredients--I work with whatever's in the dorm I'm sent to.

  3. yum sounds good but

    what the hell is "crème fraiche"? will cream of chicken soup do?

    har har

  4. just wondering...

    when this guy will finally come out of the closet????

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