What’s for Dinner: Quick and Easy Pasta

Some days are just “use up what’s in your pantry” days. Today was definitely one of them. I had grape tomatoes that I wanted to use up. Marinara sauce, pasta and mozzarella cheese are pretty much staples at my house… so I decided to make pasta.

I first cooked the chicken. I had boneless chicken breasts. I used my food processor to mince the chicken into very tiny pieces. Then, I marinated the chicken with: salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, paprika, cayenne powder, and chili powder.

Cooked it over low heat [with some non-stick cooking spray] until the chicken was cooked through.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water [seasoned with salt] to a boil. Then, add in your pasta and cook for the 10-12 minutes the box tells you to. Any pasta would work well, but I’d suggest one that would pick up and absorb the sauce well. I used gemelli pasta: what a fun-looking pasta to make and eat!

While your pasta is cooking, take your grape tomatoes and cut each of them in half. As for the mozzarella cheese? I had a block of cheese this time, so I cut them into small cubes so it melted easily. Shredded cheese would work just as well.

After the pasta is cooked, drain the pasta water. To your pasta, add about half a jar of your favorite marinara sauce. Mix well. The heat will help warm up the marinara sauce relatively quickly.

Add in your mozzarella cheese. Continuously stir over low to medium heat to help the cheese melt nicely.

Finally, add in your cooked chicken and the grape tomatoes that you cut earlier. Stir everything together.

Serve warm!

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P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.

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