Chicken Penne Zucchini Parmesan Recipe


This dish just shouts summer with freshness! Fresh basil is simmering in this wonderful pasta sauce then poured over your favorite pasta!

 Chicken Penne Zucchini Parmesan Recipe

2 cup penne pasta or your favorite cooked to package instructions
2 medium size zucchini cut in cubes
4 boneless chicken breasts cut into small chunks
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 fresh basil leaves
1 lb fresh green beans cut steamed ( note: green beans are optional use all zucchini if you don't like beans)
1 large can whole tomatoes or 1 lb fresh plum tomatoes (That's what I used) put through food processor to leave some small chunks
1/2 cup red wine (I used Burgundy)
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon each oregano, parsley, basil , (we like extra garlicky flavor,  so I also add garlic powder too)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup whole milk or  low fat mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or more

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare pasta to cooking instructions, reduce the cooking time 3 minutes.
In a large fry pan, add olive oil, minced garlic and brown chicken on both side, add squash, beans.  Saute' for 4 to 5 minutes more. Add tomatoes, wine, herbs all seasoning. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Transfer pasta to a baking dish.  Top with half pasta half sauce, cheeses, repeat again. Bake uncovered with optional mozzarella for around 30 minutes and serve topped with more grating cheese.

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