Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday: Chicken Penne

This is one of my absolute FAVORITE summer meals. It is light, uses fresh veggies and can be served a variety of ways.

*Sorry about the lack of pictures here! I was making this meal for a church potluck and forgot to take my camera to church with me to take final pictures!

Here is what you need:

5 Basil leaves, 1 tomato, 1/2-1 lb baked chicken
Not pictured: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, 1 box Penne Pasta

Step 1: Bake your chicken. I baked mine in the oven at 350 for 20 min.

Step 2:

Cook your pasta and drain

Step 3: Chop your basil leaves and tomatoes

Step 4: Combine diced chicken, penne, basil leaves, tomatoes, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette, 1 cup mozzarella cheese in a 9x13 pan

Step 5: Top with more mozzarella cheese

Step 6: Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until warm and cheese is melted

Step 7: Serve!

Another variation on this dish is to mix all the ingredients (minus the Parmesan cheese) when the pasta is still warm and serve without baking.

This meal is great for lunch, dinner and potlucks.

Cost of Meal for a family of 4: $5.00

Cost per person: $1.25


Elizabeth said...

I've had a similar pasta salad served cold and it was very tasty. Just switch prepared pesto for the basil and vinaigrette (or make your own pesto) and use feta instead of the mozzarella. Very refreshing summer evening meal :)

The Keevy Family said...

I recently made this, and it was fabulous!!! Thanks so much, I love your blog. :)