Does anyone else feel like January is FLYING by? The weeks feel like days and it’s all I can do to keep my head above water.
With busy nights and cold weather, warm comfort food that’s quick and does not require a lot of time or effort are all I’ve been making.
I decided to take my husbands favorite (we’re talking EVERY time we go out to eat) salad and turn it into something a little more hearty he could enjoy for dinner.
Step 1: Start with your noodles. I started with my favorite Penne noodles, but any kind of noodle will work in this recipe.
I would typically use a whole wheat noodle to go a little lower calorie, but these are all that I had in my pantry, and I am not about to brave that Utah cold.
Step 2: Prepare your noodles. I boiled my noodles for about 5 minutes, not quite cooking them all the way, but softening them.
Step 3: Combine your ingredients. I then added about 2 tablespoons of shredded basil, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, 2 cups shredded chicken, 1 cup chicken broth, and 1 1/2 cups of chopped cherry tomatoes.
Step 4: Add some garlic. Once all of that was mixed together I sprinkled some garlic salt and powder over the noodles andgave it one more stir to combine all of the flavors.
Step 5: Transfer it to the pan. Then I dumped the noodle mixture out of the bowl and spread it out evenly on the pan.
A lot of the heavier toppings, like the chicken and tomatoes kind of stuck together or ended up at the bottom, so make sure to spread those out.
Step 6: Add the chicken broth. I poured a little more chicken broth in the bottom of a 9×13″ pan, and sprinkled just a little more basil.
Step 7: Top it off. I topped our Caprese Pasta Bake with some fresh sliced Mozzarella cheese (the cheese counter at your Kroger store has the BEST fresh cheeses.)
Step 8: Add the drizzle. Added a quick drizzle of balsamic and olive oil, a little more cheese (no shame) and popped it in the oven for about 30 minutes.
I love how simple this dish is to make. It only requires a few simple ingredients, but has the most amazing taste. It’s also a fairly healthy meal, that doesn’t’ require much of your time. If you have salad or pasta lovers in your life, you need to make them this.
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