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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chicken Penne Al Fresco by Wendy

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.

Serving Day:
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.


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  2. This was a hit as always with our family of 6. Very delicious and the kids didn't mind the fresh tomatoes.

  3. This meal was good but could have used more flavor. Wasn't our favorite. Good quantity.