Chicken, pasta, cheese, and red sauce – does it actually get any better? I actually came up with this recipe because what I had planned to make was more complex than I had the energy for. So I made something simpler with stuff that I always have in my kitchen. Chicken Mozzarella is so easy to put together and does not require hardly any attentiveness. Just stir the sauce together, put it over the chicken and bake it.
I try to keep a variety of pasta on hand all the time. Basically every time pasta is on sale at my grocery store, I buy at least 2 boxes of each variety (short, long, micro, oven ready) that is included in the sale price. Pasta is so easy to turn into whatever type of dinner you want. It is also so easy for the kids to make a quick lunch with. And I like to have pasta hot or cold (pasta salad is one of my very favorite things).
This red sauce can be used for lots of things. You can actually put the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer for about 30 minutes, then blitz it with an immersion blender to make a quick tomato soup. If you want to make a meatball sub, you can put some meatballs in the sauce and let simmer for 45 minutes and then pile on to a baguette.
I served this with some delicious sliced sourdough bread. You could also use a garlic bread or an Italian bread with a little butter. You might also add a simple green salad – romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, croutons and some ranch. It is also really rather hearty on it’s own, so you could serve it on it’s own for sure.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
- 6 Chicken Breasts
- 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- 1½ lb Linguini
- 1 tsp Parsley
For the Red Sauce
- 1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 15oz cans Tomato Puree
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp Fennel Seed
- Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg.
- Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour half of sauce into bottom of 13×9 baking dish. Lay chicken breasts in a single layer into sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parsley. Cover with foil and place in oven for 30 minutes.
- Start water boiling for pasta. Remove foil from baking dish and continue baking for 15 minutes more.
- Add pasta to water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water.
- To serve, add portion of pasta to a shallow bowl. Top with piece of chicken and ladle sauce over top.
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