Penne With Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Basil

"I found the basis for this recipe in a magazine somewhere. This is not a saucy dish, but it's healthy and yummy. Though the recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients, I've added veggies (mushrooms, broccoli) and chicken (Schwan's pre-cooked fajita chicken is really good in this--just thaw it out and throw it in!) to make it a full meal. It's easiest to cut everything up while the pasta water heats."
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  • Heat water for pasta.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet and saute garlic for a minute or so.
  • Add tomatoes, salt & pepper.
  • Start cooking the pasta now.
  • Cook tomatoes over medium heat for ~7 minutes.
  • Add basil. (If you're adding additional ingredients, do so here.) Simmer 3-5 minutes (or until your veggies are as tender as you want them).
  • **I've found that adding a little bit of pasta water to tomato mixture before you drain the penne really evens out the dish.
  • Toss tomato mixture and parmesan with pasta. Serve with fresh Italian or French bread.

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  1. Susiecat too
    This was really easy and delicious. As suggested, it is very adaptable to whatever vegetables you have on hand. I made it with eggplant, tomato, fresh basil, green pepper, garlic, and capers. Wonderful! Serve this with some bread, a salad, and a glass of wine, and you've got a fine meal. Made for PAC Fall 2007.


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