Warm Caprese Pasta Salad with Chicken (or without)
Servings = 6
Time = 30 min
1 lb ziti or penne pasta
2 chicken breasts
1 Tbls olive oil
Approx. 30 cherry tomatoes - mixed colors
8 oz fresh Mozzarella
cracked black pepper
1-2 Tbls olive oil
1-2 Tbls balsamic vinegar
Handful fresh basil
Shredded Parmesan cheese (for sprinkling)
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting the oil. Meanwhile, use kitchen shears to cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place chicken in a skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook, stirring occassionally, until done through - about 8 minutes.
While chicken is cooking, slice each cherry tomato in half. Cut Mozzarella into small, bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, combine chicken, tomatoes and Mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar - mix.
Drain pasta and add to bowl with tomatoes. Snip basil into 1/4-inch pieces and mix into the pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Notes - Make sure to wait until the very end to snip the basil because it starts to darken immediately. Adjust the amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for your tastes; I like it lite on both. Try different kinds of salt for a slightly different flavor and color.