This is a recipe I found on one of my favorite food blogs, www.fortheloveofcooking.net. The blogger always has great recipes that are easy to recreate and my family generally loves them. I liked that we were able to use a bunch of the fresh basil we got from my friend Katie’s garden as well as the tomatoes from the farmer’s market. I also think that this will be even better as a cold salad for lunch tomorrow.
Tomato, Basil, and Chicken Gemelli
12 oz. whole wheat gemelli
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 c. pine nuts
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
asiago cheese, to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions.
In a clean, dry pan, cook pine nuts over medium heat until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes.
Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cook chicken, approximately 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Set aside for 2 minutes before cutting into bite sized pieces.
In the same pan, toss cooked pasta, garlic, tomatoes, pine nuts, and chicken with 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil. Top with asiago cheese.
Husband Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Food for Thought: This was better the day after… I took it as a cold salad for lunch on our picnic and it was delicious. I think next time I might even chill the pasta and eat it cold right away!