Tomato Basil and Chicken Pasta
Stove Top, Skillet, Saucepan, Cutting Knife, Stirring Spoon
This is a great dinner dish, as it is a hearty meal packed with protein, vegetables, and dairy.
Recipe makes 1 serving.
Food Group Servings
1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta
1 tomato or 10-15 cherry tomatoes diced
4 mushrooms, diced
3 ounces of chicken (half a breast), cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 ounce parmesan cheese
- 1 dash of salt
- Black pepper-to taste
- Crushed red pepper- to taste
The Tomato Sauce
Cut up the tomatoes into decently small chunks.
Take your saucepan, add in 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and bring to low-medium heat. Once warm, add in the tomato, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and basil. Add a dash of salt, a dash of crushed red pepper flakes, and a few dash of black pepper. Finish with 2 tablespoons of water and cover. Stir every few minutes and try to crush the tomatoes down. The sauce will take about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes have broken down into a sauce.
NOTE: if the sauce starts drying up, add in a little more water.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
Once boiling, bring down to low and add your pasta. The pasta should take about 10-12 minutes, so check slightly before that.
While your sauce is simmering and pasta is boiling, cut your chicken into 1 inch cubes.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. Add your chicken and mushrooms and season with black pepper to taste, a dash of red pepper, and a dash of basil. Stir every few minutes for about 7 minutes.
Combining the Chicken and Tomato Sauce
Once the chicken is cooked, add it to your simmering sauce and mix until the chicken is covered in the sauce.
Bringing it all Together
Strain your pasta and add it back into the pan. Drop in your sauced-up chicken and mix around until it is evenly spread out.
Plate your pasta and add 1 ounce of freshly grated cheese. We used parmesan, but other good choices include mozzarella and cheddar.
Tips & Tricks:
- Looking for some heat? Just ramp up the crushed red pepper in the sauce.
- Do not exceed one ounce of cheese, about the size of 2 dice.