Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Last weekend I made bruschetta and ended up with leftover tomatoes, mozzarella and basil that I didn't want to go to waste. Mixing them in with some pasta seemed like an obvious solution for a quick weeknight meal. Not incredibly creative, but super simple, the pasta tasted great and it was the perfect way to use up the leftover bruschetta fixings!

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Serves 4
Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes

16 oz. whole wheat pasta, any shape
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 jar Vodka Sauce (I recommend Trader Joe's)
1 roma tomato, diced
1/4 c. fresh mozzarella, diced
handful (about 10) basil leaves, cut into ribbons

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta as directed and drain once the pasta is al dente.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add a tsp of oil to coat the pan. Cook the chicken until done and then remove from the skillet and set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the vodka sauce. Once heated through turn down to low until the pasta is cooked. 

In the large pot, combine the pasta, vodka sauce, chicken, diced tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Stir to combine over medium heat until the cheese starts to melt and then serve.

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