4 garlic cloves, peeled or pressed
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
3 cups uncooked mezze penne pasta, (any tube shaped pasta requiring 9-11 min. cook time may be be substituted.)
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine such as Chardonnay (3/4 cup chicken broth may be substituted.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 oz. Parmesan Cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed)
2 cups diced grilled chicken breasts
1. Spray Covered Microwave Dish with olive oil, then add garlic and tomatoes. Cover; microwave on high 4-5 minutes. Crush tomatoes and put in gallon size Ziploc bag with broth, wine, chicken, salt and black pepper.
2. Put pasta in a quart size Ziploc bag. Coarsely chop basil and put in sandwich Ziploc bag with grated Parmesan Cheese. I then put all 3 bags in another gallon size Ziploc bag. Freeze.
Thaw completely. Two options to cook, microwave OR stove top:
Microwave: Put broth mixture in covered dish with pasta. Heat in microwave 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Remove baking dish and add Parmesan cheese and basil mixture to dish. Mix and serve.
Stove top: Put broth mixture in pot and heat till boiling. Add pasta, cook until pasta is tender. Add Parmesan cheese and basil mixture to pan and serve.