Baked Penne Chicken Zucchini Primavara Recipe

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2 cup penne pasta or your favorite
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 green beans cut (I used canned this time usually boiled fresh beans are the best!)
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

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.


  1. What a rich and tasty pasta dish :) I love it. Bye, have a good day

  2. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious! I know how busy you are this time of year....I'm thrilled you're posting and we'll be here when life gets back to normal!

  3. Another delicious pasta dish, bring them on Claudia! I really could eat pasta every day and never get tired of it. Love the blend of veggies in this dish-yum! have a great day -XOXO

  4. zucchini, this sounds wonderful. Ill have to get my italian funny to help me out in making this one :)

  5. This is a perfect dinner for us. It fills all needs and desires. I love your cooking.

  6. This is great and it's on my to do list. It has to be delicious!

  7. Oh, that looks so good Claudia! Penne pasta is my absolute favorite!

  8. Love your pasta variations - rich with vegetables, a bit of wine to aid the spirit and all combine into the happiest of meals.

  9. yes it does look very good, like the veggies and like the fact that it is baked too....

  10. Looks excellent, Claudia!!! An entree that would please the whole household (and you probably know that doesn't happen every day!).

  11. I almost missed this one. This is a wonderful and refreshing dish especially around the holidays...looks fantastic!

  12. That sounds SO good to balance out all of the sweets this tme of year!

  13. I love this dish...reminds me of chicken cacciatore...everything but the "kitchen sink" comforting and super delicious. Yumm!!!

  14. Nice al forno dish, like the vegetables too.


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