My “What’s for Dinner Tonight?” recipe for Friday was my recipe for a simple pasta toss, I call Italian Flag Pasta because it has all the colors of the Italian Flag – Green, Red, and White! It’s super delicious, and such a quick, simple recipe to make even on your busiest nights!
What’s for Dinner Tonight, Week 1
Italian Flag Pasta Toss
16 oz of your favorite pasta (I used mini bowties!)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (I used tri-colored cherry tomatoes)
1 cup mozzarella balls, quartered (I used mini ones and didn’t have to cut any!)
1 large bag baby spinach
1 lb chicken breast tenders
Salt and ground pepper to taste
Optional: feta cheese, parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil and cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes or until done. Remove and cover with foil. After pasta is done cooking, ladle out 1 cup of the boiled pasta water and set it aside, then strain the pasta. In a medium skillet, warm olive oil. Add tomatoes and sauté over medium heat until soft. Add the spinach and pasta water and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Toss with pasta and cheese. Cover with lid until cheese melts. Serve topped with feta or parmesan if desired.
Do you see why I call it Italian Flag Pasta?! The colors are so beautiful, and spinach, tomatoes, and mozzarella make the perfect trio!