Last week I was totally craving pasta and cheese. Not sure if it was the weather or hormones!
I thought about making this yummy Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage but I didn’t have any sausage and I had some chicken that needed to be used.
I also wanted something a little different, not a tomato based dish so I decided to use pesto and balsamic vinegar in a chicken pasta dish instead! With some store bought pesto this dish is easy to put together.
I marinaded my chicken in the pesto. I also pounded the chicken breast to about 1/2 inch thin before marinading it. It allows the chicken to cook faster and more evenly. You can marinade it over night or just for a couple of hours. I then browned the chicken in a pan on the stove top for about 5 minutes and then put it into a 300 degree oven to finish cooking. Cook until cooked through, approx. 10-15 minutes depending on how thick your chicken is.
The sauce for this dish includes fresh diced tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and some salt & pepper – yum!
This recipe makes a nice 9 x 13 full of yummy pasta!
Cook your pasta, slice up your chicken and add everything together. Pour it into a 9 x 13 and then cover with mozzarella cheese and bake!
As empty nesters a 9 x 13 is a lot of food! But this was so good my husband didn’t mind having it for dinner twice and taking it for lunch a couple of times!
For some other yummy pasta dishes try these:
recipe adapted from allrecipes