Chicken Penne Mozzarella Marinara

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Light Italian chicken marinara, a perfect summer dinner!

This is an Italian pasta dish made with penne pasta, tomatoes and mozzarella like a  caprese style sauce over pasta with fresh basil

This is an Italian pasta dish made with penne pasta, tomatoes and mozzarella like a  caprese style sauce over pasta with fresh basil

2 boneless chicken breasts chopped into chunks

4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 box penne pasta boiled al dente drained and set aside tossed with two tablespoons olive oil

fresh mini mozzarella balls

1 recipe for fresh marinara sauce ( or a large jar of store bought)

1 pound fresh tomatoes grape tomatoes or plum chopped

red pepper flakes

Romano grating cheese

salt + pepper

fresh basil, rinsed

Saute chicken in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper to taste and parsley. Cook until juices run clear around 12 minutes. Set aside keeping warm.

Boil water for pasta in a medium-large pot. Add salt and pasta to water and cook al dente. Drain in colander. Slice tomatoes in half if using grape or chop in small chunks if using plums, place in a bowl.

Heat sauce, add chicken.

Add pasta to plate. Top with fresh mozzarella, spoon some sauce over the top of the pasta, chicken and tomatoes. Place under broiler till cheese melts. Add basil, sprinkle with red pepper and grating cheese.

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  1. what a wonderful pasta, so fresh and tasty. It's perfect for summer :) Bye, have a great day

  2. This would make a lovely lunch for me. Love the colour and simplicity of it.

  3. Yum! I love pasta with mozzarella and tomato. Can I have a big plate full of this?

  4. Claudia,
    Love your light penne chicken dish with marinara. We have been ahaing Florida weather here, so this would be a perfect light meal for that weather. Have a great weekend!

  5. Claudia,
    I love the penne, chicken with marinara sauce, so light and tasty, prefect for hot weather.

    HAve a great weekend.

  6. Love all the summery, fresh flavors in this daughter would love it sans chicken, as well as the rest of the family! YUM.

  7. Dear Claudia, I love how fresh, light, and delicious this is! It is a perfect dish for the summer. Blessings dear one, your friend, Catherine xoxo

  8. hey quanti colori! This is such a beautiful dish with all those colours. It looks so typical Italian!

  9. Fresh fresh and fresh, The perfect summertime meal!

    Great photo, I'm hungry now ;~0


  10. This is the perfect summer pasta--I recently discovered mini mozzarella balls at the local Costco and they are amazingly tasty and fun to work with.

  11. I love pasta and this looks delish...


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