Who needs beef with red sauce when you can have this melty mozzarella sauce with chicken?!
I have found yet another wonderful pasta dish with red sauce that makes me a happy camper. Honestly, it isn't that hard when it comes to red sauce pasta dishes, but every once in a while I get surprised by them. This recipe in particular was surprising because it was chicken for the protein instead of beef. I also adored the pieces of melty mozzarella throughout the sauce. I ended up having to use lightly dried basil instead of fresh, but it still was fantastic.
What you need:
- 1 lb. penne pasta
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil, plus some
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 jar (25 oz.) marinara sauce
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes - or - 8 oz. mozzarella pearls
- 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan, plus some
- 12 whole basil leaves, chiffonade
- Cook pasta as directed by the box. Drain and drizzle with olive oil. Immediately top with 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan.
- Add onions and garlic in the same skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low. Add marinara, red pepper flakes, and water.
- Then add chicken and parsley.
- Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring every once in a while.
- Once bubbly and hot, gently stir in mozzarella. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes or until mozzarella is very soft.
- Serve pasta topped with sauce, extra Parmesan, and basil.
If red sauce isn't your thing or you also just love alfredo, this Roasted Broccoli Alfredo is beyond amazing. The roasted broccoli really takes the recipe up a notch. This wonderful Pasta alla Vodka from The Wimpy Vegetarian looks incredible and bonus if you're a vegetarian or just trying to eat less meat in general, there's not meat in the recipe.
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